Registrants who currently have signing and sealing permission under the Engineers and Geoscientists Act can also choose to use an electronic version of their seal in conjunction with digital certificate technology, so that the documents can be transmitted electronically in a secure fashion. The use of digital seal technology provides encryption that indicates the authenticity of a document. Once this encryption has been applied, the document is considered signed, sealed, and dated as per the information on the encryption. This allows documents to be sent electronically in a single step.
Notarius, an Engineers and Geoscientists BC endorsed provider of digital seals, is offering a discounted rate on their digital signature technology. The one-time set up fee has been reduced from $140 to $40, plus applicable taxes for all subscriptions completed between March 18 and June 30, 2020. In collaboration with Notarius, Engineers and Geoscientists BC is offering to waive the remaining set up fee of $40 for the first 500 new sign-ups between now and the end of June. This means that the first 500 registrants applying for new subscriptions will only be responsible for the $185 annual fee.
For more information on how to obtain the digital signature and electronic seal technology, visit the Engineers and Geoscientists BC section of the Notarius website.
For professional practice guidance on how to use digital seals, contact our Practice Advisors at [email protected].