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Digital Signatures

Your official signature and security seal in the electronic world!


Overview

In today’s world, it is nearly impossible to practice a profession without relying on information technology (e.g. word processing, spreadsheets, computer-assisted drafting, etc.). As such, granting the same legal value to electronic documents as to paper, while remaining compliant with your professional association’s requirements, has become a key challenge.

With a digital signature, you can digitally sign plans, specifications and other commonly used documents. Digital signatures provide irrefutable proof of authorship for electronic documents by confirming your identity as author and member in good standing of your professional association. Furthermore, they help protect document integrity and save both time and money.

Pricing

To get a digital signature, you are subject to 2 sets of fees:

Sign-Up Fees* $140
  • Per user, per digital signature.
  • Payable only once when signing up for a digital signature.
  • Covers creating the digital signature certificate, as well as the licenses for all applications included in the Digital Signature Kit.
Annual Subscription Fees* $185
  • Per user, per year for the 1st digital signature.
  • Covers the maintenance service for the digital signature certificate.

Want to sign up for more than one digital signature ?

Group rates are available on annual subscription fees for groups of 51 users or more charged to the same account, as described in the table below:

Group Sign-up Fees* Annual Subscription Fees*
51 to 100 users $140 / user $175 / user / year
101 to 250 users $140 / user $165 / user / year
251 to 500 users $140 / user $155 / user / year
501 to 1000 users $140 / user $145 / user / year
1001 users and up $140 / user $125 / user / year

*Taxes are extra.

Find a guarantor

Authorized Guarantors A member of your professional association in good standing, such as:
  • an associate
  • an employee
  • a colleague
Can’t meet with any of the authorized guarantors listed above?

Note for searching a notary-IVA : In "Recherche avancé", make sure to check the "Agent de vérification de l'identité pour le CCQ" box in the  "Champs de pratique" field. When resorting to a notary identity verification agent (notary-IVA), you assume all related professional fees.

*When resorting to a notary identity verification agent (notary IVA), a notary public, or lawyer, you assume all related professional fees.

Resume Subscription

You can resume your subscription at any time. However, depending on the number of months since your subscription was cancelled, you may be required to have your identity verified in person and to pay the full sign-up and annual subscription fees. To resume your subscription, the procedure is as follows:

Your digital signature has been cancelled for more than 12 months

Sign up online. You are required to have your identity verified in-person to complete the process and pay the full sign-up and annual subscription fees.

 

Your digital signature has been cancelled for less than 12 months

Sign up online. You will be charged only $50 in sign-up fees along with the annual subscription fees. By signing up online, or if you had selected 3 security questions when you last updated your information in your account, your identity will be verified online.

 

However, if you have never updated your information in your account, you may be eligible to have your identity verified by phone.

Here’s how:

  1. Print and sign the identity verification form, then forward it to Notarius by fax at 1-888-878-1130 or by email at certification@notarius.com.
  2. Call Notarius Customer Service at 1-855-505-7272 and select option 2.
  3. Inform the Customer Service agent that you wish to resume your subscription and have your identity verified over the phone. You are required to correctly answer your security questions.