Authenticating & Legalizing aCanadian Marriage Certificate
When you have been asked to authenticate and legalize your marriage certificate, it can be difficult to know where to start. We provide expert assistance to our clients, helping you ensure you have the correct certificate and that your certificate meets the criteria of the relevant diplomatic mission. We manage all aspects of the authentication and legalization process on your behalf. Contact us today – we’ll answer your questions and clearly explain your options!
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About the Authentication and Legalization Process
The process of authenticating and legalizing a Canadian marriage certificate typically takes three steps. Click below for more information on each step. Note that in Canada the terms “apostille” and “attestation” also refer to the authentication and legalization process. If you have been told that you need to apostille your Canadian marriage certificate what you will actually be doing is authenticating and legalizing your certificate.
How We Can Help You
Trust IDC to handle all aspects of the document authentication and legalization process. You send your marriage certificate to us and we handle the rest. We can even help you order a new certificate if necessary. Phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick Get Started form.
CANADIAN MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! There are different versions of Canadian marriage certificates. The standard format for a marriage certificate issued by a Canadian province is called a “file size” certificate. The file size certificate contains the basic information of the marriage.
A certified copy of the marriage registration can also be issued by your province. This type of certificate contains all the details used to register the marriage, such as the citizenship of the parents. This format of marriage certificate is the longest and is printed on a 8 x 14 size paper.
The most important thing to note, is that only an official marriage certificate issued by the province is acceptable for authentication and legalization.
In the past, there have been other formats of certificates issued, such as wallet size certificates. Wallet size certificates cannot be processed as they are too small to apply the required stamps of the authentication and legalization process.
Yes, we can authenticate and legalize your Canadian marriage certificate. We have built our business around assisting individuals and companies with this confusing process of authentication and legalization. We will assist you with every step of the process, handle all the leg-work, and return the fully processed document. By using our services, we can expedite the process and save you several weeks of waiting.
Contact one of our experts for more information and to discuss how we can assist you with the authentication and legalization of your Canadian marriage certificate.
A new marriage certificate can be ordered from the province where the marriage took place. In most cases it can be easily done online. Many of our clients will also have their new marriage certificate sent straight to our office to save time and additional shipping fees. Here are the provincial websites that provide information on ordering vital certificates from your Province or Territory:
No, we cannot order a new marriage certificate on your behalf. The provinces do not allow for us to order on your behalf, as we do not have authority to do so. When you order the certificate, you can have it sent directly to our office for authentication and legalization.
Contact us to find out where to order your Canadian marriage certificate, or to find out more about the authentication and legalization process. Call us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or send us an online enquiry.
Yes, you may certainly have your new marriage certificate delivered directly to our office. Many of our clients choose to have their newly ordered marriage certificate delivered directly to our office in Ottawa, saving time and additional shipping costs. You may have the marriage certificate delivered to our address as follows:
[Your Name] 310 Beechgrove Ave. Suite B Ottawa, ON K1Z 6R3
Make sure to contact us first, let us know that your marriage certificate will be arriving, and to set up a workform. If you have any questions about how to have your marriage certificate delivered directly to IDC, contact us today!
The turn-around time for the authentication and legalization of your marriage certificate will depend on a few factors:
Where do you need to use the certificate?
The diplomatic mission of the destination country will set its own processing time.
How are you going to handle the process (i.e. by mail, in person, use an agent)?
If you send it by mail, it will take a minimum of three weeks and could take longer.
If you decide to use IDC for the authentication and legalization of your marriage certificate, we can expedite the process by ensuring the document is prepared properly, removing the risk of delays. Contact our friendly staff to get more information on how long if will take to authenticate and legalize of your marriage certificate.
The term “apostille” is commonly used by countries that have signed the Hague Apostille Convention. Apostille refers to a process of document and signature verification done in countries that have signed the Hague Apostille Convention.
Canada did not sign the Hague Apostille Convention. Therefore, in Canada the equivalent process is called authentication and legalization. This process is used to get the appropriate signatures and stamps on your document so it will be recognized outside of Canada.
The pricing for authenticating and legalizing a Canadian marriage certificate will vary depending on a few factors. Whether you have additional documents, the destination country, the speed of service you need, are all factors in determining the cost.
Each situation is unique and there are several variables that can effect the total cost. The best way to get a detailed quote is to contact us for a free consultation. Contact a friendly IDC expert to discuss your situation. Or follow the link to see general information about our pricing.
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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.