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Notarization Services

Notarization services are often required when preparing your documents to be authenticated and legalized. Our friendly experts would welcome the chance to discuss your notarization requirements and go over your options with you. Click here to GET STARTED.

Document Notarization

Document notarization involves having a notary public witness the signature(s) on a document, and then certify that this signature is authentic. In addition to notary publics, many lawyers are certified to notarize documents, and in some provinces notarization can be done by commissioners of oaths.  The professional who is notarizing your document will stamp and sign your document, certifying that they witnessed the signature(s).

In many cases, having your document notarized is an essential first step in the document authentication and legalization process.

Certified True Copies

A certified true copy is a copy of your document that a notary public or lawyer has certified as being an accurate representation of the original. A notary public or lawyer will compare a copy of your document to the original, and then stamp and sign this copy, marking it as a certified true copy.

Certified true copies can be used when you don’t want your original documents to be marked up by the authentication and legalization process. However, care must be taken because not all diplomatic missions accept certified true copies.

The First Step in Document Authentication & Legalization

Document notarization and/or creating a certified true copy is typically the first step in the document authentication and legalization process:

Step 1 involves preparing your documents, which may include notarization services and/or having the document translated if it is not in English or French.

Step 2 involves having your documents authenticated by Global Affairs Canada or an appropriate provincial body.

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

How We Can Help

Our friendly specialists will determine your notarization requirements, and work with you to get it done fast. Getting started is simple – phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick GET STARTED form. If you need one, we’ll help you find a notary near you, and in many cases we can provide notary services if you find this more convenient.

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