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We specialize in navigating the document authentication process on behalf of our clients. Let us handle this often confusing process for you.

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What is Document Authentication?

Document authentication is the process used by an authorized government body to certify the authenticity of a document. In Canada, document authentication is typically done by Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, or in some cases by an appropriate provincial authority.

When a document has been successfully authenticated, Global Affairs Canada adds a red stamp directly to the document. This stamp contains the name of the signature that was verified, and the name of the Global Affairs Canada employee that did the authentication.

Document authentication is the second step in what is usually a three step process:

Step 1 involves preparing your documents, which may include having the document notarized by a Canadian Notary Public, having a certified true copy made, or having the document translated if it is not in English or French.

Step 2 involves having your documents authenticated by Global Affairs Canada.

Step 3 involves having your document legalized at the appropriate embassy or consulate.

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SAVE WEEKS OF PROCESSING TIME

By presenting your documents to Global Affairs and the relevant embassy or consulate in person, we save you many weeks of processing time.

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GET THE INFORMATION YOU'RE LOOKING FOR

Our friendly staff will take the time to answer all your questions, and our expertise will ensure you avoid the common mistakes and pitfalls that cause delays of weeks and months.

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RELAX IN EXPERT HANDS

The security of your documents is our #1 priority. Relax while we regularly update you as your documents are rapidly processed.

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Why You Need It

You need to authenticate your documents because you need to have these documents recognized in a foreign country. Almost always, after you have your documents authenticated you will then need to have these documents legalized by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country.

You might have been told that you need to have your documents “authenticated and legalized”. Or you might have been told that you need to have your documents “apostilled”, “attested”, or “super legalized”. In Canada, all these terms refer to the document authentication and legalization process.

How Can We Help You?

We specialize in navigating the document authentication and legalization process with speed and accuracy, working both for corporate clients and individuals with documents that need authenticating.

Getting started is easy – phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick GET STARTED form. We will explain the process to you and answer any questions you have, and then assist you in preparing your documents. You send your documents to our Ottawa office, and we handle all aspects of the authentication process for you, rapidly returning your processed documents, while keeping you regularly updated on progress.

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Getting started is easy! Phone us toll free at 1-888-433-1011 or submit this quick form.

Documents

We authenticate a wide variety of documents for our clients. The following is a list of the most common types of documents we authenticate, but it is certainly not complete. Contact our friendly staff to discuss the authentication of your specific documents.

  • Adoption Papers
  • Birth Certificate
  • Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product
  • Certificate of Residency
  • Certificate of Origin
  • College Diploma
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Death Certificate
  • Divorce Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Medical Device License
  • Power of Attorney
  • Professional Certification
  • Single Status Declaration
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Transcript – High School, College, University
  • High School Diploma

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When you contact us one of the first things we’ll do is provide you a detailed quote, so you understand exactly what is involved and how much it costs.

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We have built our business on one simple but powerful principle – provide our clients an experienced team that is dedicated to exceptional customer service. Our team will move mountains to ensure your documents are authenticated quickly and accurately.

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