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Document Certification for transfers from CAD

When you make transfers from Canada in CAD, we may ask you to upload a certified ID copy when setting up your transfer. This should be a clear scan or photcopy of your ID document including a signed certification by a guarantor.

Your guarantor can write the information themselves, but in order to make it a little easier you can download our short form here that has all the spaces for the information to be filled in. 
The form can be downloaded in English here and in French here

What is a certified ID?

The method of ascertaining a person’s identity consists of obtaining an attestation from a commissioner of oaths in Canada, or a guarantor in Canada, that they have seen one of the following documents:
  • passport
  • driver’s licence
  • national ID card
  • Canadian permanent residence card
The attestation must be produced on a legible photocopy of both sides of the document (if such use of the document is not prohibited by the applicable provincial law) and must include:
  • the name, profession and address of the person providing the attestation;
  • the signature of the person providing the attestation; and
  • the type and number of the identifying document provided by the person. (e.g. I certify the passport no. A12345)
This information is required in order to comply with our regulations in Canada. More information can be seen here.
According to the regulations, a guarantor is a person engaged in one of the following professions in Canada:
  • dentist
  • medical doctor
  • chiropractor
  • judge
  • magistrate
  • lawyer
  • notary (in Quebec)
  • notary public
  • optometrist
  • pharmacist
  • professional accountant (APA [Accredited Public Accountant], CA [Chartered Accountant], CGA [Certified General Accountant], CMA [Certified Management Accountant], PA [Public Accountant] or RPA [Registered Public Accountant])
  • professional engineer (P.Eng. [Professional Engineer, in a province other than Quebec] or Eng. [Engineer, in Quebec])
  • veterinarian.

In addition, the trusted guarantor must not be:
  • related to you; for example, a trusted referee cannot be your parent, child, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin 
  • your spouse or partner 
  • someone who lives at the same address as the customer 
  • a person involved in the transaction or business requiring the certification. 

The trusted guarantor must see the original I.D. document, and then make the statement that the documents provided are a true copy and represent the identity of the named individual. 

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