Global Affairs Canada – Ottawa based walk-in service

Published on Friday, February 17, 2017

Global Affairs Canada offers an Ottawa based walk-in service for the authentication of Canadian documents. This service makes it possible for your documents to be authenticated on the spot if you attend in person. When submitted by mail, Global Affairs Canada will take up to four weeks to authenticate your documents.

What is authentication?

Authentication takes place at the JLAC office of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. The red authentication stamp and signature of Global Affairs Canada confirms that the Canadian public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.  Once authenticated, your documents are ready for legalization at the diplomatic mission of the destination country where you intend to use them.

What is the authentication and legalization process?

The authentication and legalization process enables your Canadian documents to be recognized in another country. The process involves document authentication and then legalization at the diplomatic mission of your destination country. Other terms used for this process are apostille, attestation, super legalization and ratification.

Global Affairs Canada and each embassy have very specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of documents.

What if you are outside of Canada?

Global Affairs Canada recommends that if you are unable to attend their office in person, you should hire a private service provider, such as an authentication and legalization service. As the leading document authentication and legalization service in Ottawa, we attend Global Affairs Canada daily.

Get started with IDC’s Authentication Service

We would be happy to discuss your documents and provide you with a free no obligation quote. Contact us today by calling us toll free at 1-888-433-1011 or complete an online request form.