Published on Friday, May 12, 2017
Authentication & legalization in Canada is a process that makes it possible for your personal or commercial documents to be recognized in a foreign country. Around the world there are many different terms used to describe this process; including apostille, attestation, ratification, and super legalization.
What is authentication?
Document authentication takes place at the JLAC office of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. The authentication of Global Affairs Canada confirms that the Canadian public official’s signature, seal or stamp on the document is genuine.
In some rare cases, the authentication can be done with the appropriate provincial body instead of Global Affairs Canada.
Once authenticated, the documents are ready for legalization at the embassy or consulate of the destination country where you intend to use them.
What is legalization?
Document legalization takes place at the embassy or consulate of the destination country. They will place their stamp or certificate of legalization on the document, validating the authentication of Global Affairs Canada.
Each diplomatic mission will have very specific requirements of the documents and the process. It is very important to confirm these requirements in advance.
How can IDC help with authentication & Legalization in Canada?
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 & legalization process. We will alleviate your stress and save you up to five weeks of processing time.
International Documents Canada (IDC) is Canada’s authentication & legalization service. Contact us for more information and to discuss your documents.
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