Certificate Authentication

Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

We can help clarify the process of certificate authentication. It may be a requirement for a multitude of reasons, such as proof of identity, Visa applications, residency requirements, or to prove that the regulatory standards of a product have been met.

What is certificate authentication?

“Certificate Authentication” may be used to describe any of the following procedures in Canada:

  • Notarization of a certificate by a Notary Public
  • Authentication of a certificate with a provincial or federal office
  • Legalization of a certificate by a foreign diplomatic mission in Canada

The purpose of the certificate authentication may determine the specific steps involved in having it processed. If the certificate is going to be used outside of Canada, it will need to go through the authentication and legalization process. Other commonly used terms for this process are apostille and attestation.

What types of certificates can be authenticated?

There are many types of Canadian certificates that can be authenticated; from vital statistics certificates to trade certificates. For example:

  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Divorce certificates
  • Educational certificates
  • Teaching certificates
  • Free Trade Certificates
  • Certificates of Origin
  • Health Certificates
  • ISO certificates

What is the authentication and legalization process?

The authentication and legalization process allows your Canadian documents to be recognized in another country. The process involves document authentication at the JLAC office of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and then document legalization at the diplomatic mission of your destination country.

Global Affairs Canada and each diplomatic mission have specific requirements for the authentication and legalization of documents. It is important to research the requirements in advance.

Our downtown Ottawa location enables us to provide you with fast and reliable certificate authentication and legalization services. We can save you weeks of processing time and make sure your certificates have been prepared correctly.

Contact us today to get started! Call us toll free at 1-888-433-1011, or complete a Request Info form.