Apostille – Commercial document authentication and legalization in Canada

Published on Friday, November 15, 2013

When exporting products from Canada to destinations around the world, you will be asked to have certain commercial documents, such as certificates of origin and commercial invoices, authenticated and legalized, a process also referred to as apostille.

The authentication and legalization process is one that enables Canadian documents to be used in another country. First, the documents are authenticated at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa. Next, the documents are legalized at the appropriate diplomatic mission of the destination country.

Foreign Affairs (DFATD) and each diplomatic mission have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of commercial documents. For example, in many cases the documents must be notarized and stamped by the Chamber of Commerce before they can go through the authentication and legalization process.

Avoid the delays and stress involved with attempting to manage the process yourself. Using the authentication and legalization services at International Documents Canada (IDC) could not be easier. We work with Foreign Affairs and over 200 diplomatic missions on a daily basis to process commercial documents. We will rapidly authenticate and legalize your commercial documents, often in as little as a couple days.

Contact an expert and International Documents Canada (IDC) to discuss your particular requirements and ensure your documents are prepared correctly.

Call IDC toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or visit idocscanada.ca .