Document Preparation

Document preparation is the first step of the document authentication and legalization process.  If you make a mistake in this first step you will need to restart the process from the beginning, losing time and money. Read on for information on this crucial step, or contact our friendly experts directly to get your questions answered.


Step 1 of the Document Authentication & Legalization Process

Document Preparation



Document Authentication and Legalization

How to Prepare Your Documents

Preparing your documents for the authentication and legalization process can involve any of the following:

  • having your documents notarized
  • having a notary make certified true copies of your documents
  • having certified translations made of your documents
  • providing required supporting documents

Click on the buttons below for more info, or contact our friendly specialists to discuss the document preparation requirements that apply to your specific situation!

What requirements apply to me?

Global Affairs Canada sets specific requirements for documents that need authentication. Then each embassy and consulate sets its own requirements for how documents need to be prepared for legalization. To figure out what requirements apply to you contact our friendly specialists for a free consultation, or consult the Global Affairs Canada website and the appropriate embassy or consulate.

How can you help me?

When you contact us for a free consultation the first thing we’ll do is discuss your situation with you to determine the specific document processing requirements that apply. We’ll then help you with these preparations, ensuring your documents are ready for the authentication and legalization process. Phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick GET STARTED form (immediately below) and we’ll get right back to you.

Get Started

Getting started is easy. Phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out this quick GET STARTED form and we’ll get back to you right away.

The First Step in Document Authentication and Legalization

Preparing your documents is the first step in the authentication and legalization process. Click on the icons below for info on Steps 2 and 3.

What Our Clients Are Saying

Cameron Janzen

Thank you for your service. We look forward to receiving our documents. Your service has been outstanding and we will gladly recommend you to others. To be honest, you have taken care of everything so well for us that it has been very stress free so far. We will definitely be using you again on our next move.

Cameron Janzen

Doha, Qatar

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I wish to thank you for your most expeditious and efficient processing. We are really impressed with your service, which saved us a big deal of money and time. Be sure that we will use your service whenever we will need legalization of documents in Ottawa.

Bernard W.

Green and Spigel LLP


We are very happy with the fast, effective, friendly and professional service. Thank you!


Kamloops, BC

Still Have Questions?

Contact our friendly staff! We would welcome the chance to answer your questions and explain your options. Phone us toll free at 1-888-433-1011 or click the button below to send us a quick form.

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