Using an Authentication and Legalization Service

Published on Friday, February 22, 2013

So you’ve been told that you need to authenticate and legalize your documents. You can manage this process yourself, but there are two disadvantages to this approach:

  1. It can be difficult to source the right information – each country has its own unique regulations that must be followed, and the Department of Foreign Affairs has its own list of requirements.
  2. If you manage the process yourself it can take a long time. When mailing or couriering your documents into the Department of Foreign Affairs the current posted processing time is 25 business days.

You have another option – use a service that specializes in managing the authentication and legalization process like International Documents Canada (IDC). We offer expert document authentication and legalization services, and can process your document in as little as one day. We actively monitor the changing requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs and over 200 diplomatic missions, so your documents are accepted and processed the first time.

Using our authentication and legalization services could not be easier.  The first step is to contact us to go over your specific needs. We will discuss the particular requirements that apply in your situation and help you to ensure your documents are prepared correctly. The second step is to send your documents to our Ottawa offices. The third step is to sit back and relax as we rapidly authenticate and legalization your documents, keeping you updated every step of the way.

For more information, contact us toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or visit us at