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What is Document Legalization?

Document legalization is a term used to describe the process of obtaining the signature and seal of a foreign diplomatic mission on a Canadian document. A diplomatic mission is either an embassy or a consulate.

To legalize a document the diplomatic mission will certify that your document meets all applicable rules and regulations, and that it has been authenticated by Global Affairs Canada or another authorized government body. When satisfied that your document meets all requirements, the diplomatic mission will then add their own stamp or legalization certificate to your document.

Document legalization is the third step in what is usually a three step process:

Step 1 involves preparing your documents, which may include having the document notarized, 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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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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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 legalize your documents because you need to have these documents recognized in a foreign country. Almost always, before you have your documents legalized you will first need to have your documents authenticated at Global Affairs Canada or another authorized government body.

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 legalization process with speed and accuracy, working both for corporate clients and individuals with documents that need legalizing.

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 legalization 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 legalize a huge variety of documents for our clients. The following list captures many of them, but is certainly not complete. Contact our friendly staff to discuss the legalization of your specific documents.

  • Adoption Papers
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • Certificate of Pharmaceutical Product
  • Certificate of Residency
  • Certificate of Origin
  • College Diploma
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Death Certificate
  • Divorce Certificate
  • GMP Certificate
  • High School Diploma
  • International Trade Certificate
  • ISO Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Certificate
  • Medical Device License
  • Power of Attorney
  • Professional Certification
  • Regulatory Documents
  • Single Status Declaration
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Transcript – High School, College, University

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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 legalized quickly and accurately.

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