Apostille Services Explained

Published on Friday, November 8, 2013

When doing business or moving abroad, you may need to have personal or commercial documents authenticated and legalized, a process also referred to as apostille.

What is an Apostille?

Under The Hague Apostille Convention, signatory countries of this treaty have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries, providing those documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille”. An apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid or legal in all other signatory countries.

As Canada is not a signatory to this Hague Convention, it is not possible to obtain an apostille on Canadian documents. To be recognized in a foreign country, Canadian documents must be “authenticated and legalized”.

What is the authentication and legalization process?

The authentication and legalization process enables your Canadian documents to be recognized in another country. This two-step process involves first, having your documents authenticated at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD). Next, they must be legalized at the diplomatic mission for your destination country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and each diplomatic mission have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of Canadian documents.

Why use IDC services?

Avoid the delays and frustration involved with attempting to go through the process on your own. Instead, use a service that specializes in managing the authentication and legalization process, like International Documents Canada (IDC). We actively monitor the changing requirements of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD) and over 200 diplomatic missions, alleviating the stress involved and saving you up to six weeks of processing time.

International Documents Canada (IDC) is the expert in Canadian document authentication and legalization, or apostille. Contact IDC for more information and to discuss your specific situation.

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

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