Authenticating & Legalizing a Canadian Vital Statistics Certificate
Canadian vital statistics certificates include birth, death and marriage certificates. If you need to present your Canadian vital statistics certificate in a foreign country it will often first need to be authenticated and legalized. We provide expert document authentication and legalization services to our clients. We would be happy to discuss your situation with you and answer any questions you have. Contact us today!
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About the Authentication and Legalization Process
Document authentication and legalization is the process used to prepare Canadian vital statistics certificates to be officially recognized in a foreign country. This is a three step process – click below for more information on each of these steps. In Canada the terms “apostille” and “attestation” are also used to refer to the authentication and legalization process. Contact us to clarifying exactly what processing is necessary for your vital statistics documents.
How We Can Help You
When you contact us the first thing we will do is discuss your specific situation, answer your questions, and clearly lay out your options. We’ll assist you in preparing your documents for processing and manage all aspects of the authentication and legalization process on your behalf. To speak to one of our friendly experts contact us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick Get Started form.
CANADIAN VITAL STATISTICS CERTIFICATES
Frequently Asked Questions
Vital Statistics certificates can be ordered from the province where they originated. It can usually be done online. Here are the provincial websites that provide information on ordering vital certificates from your Province or Territory:
You can have your new Vital Statistics certificates sent straight to our office for authentication and legalization to save time and additional shipping fees. If you have questions about ordering your Vital Statistics certificate, or you want to know if we can order it on your behalf, don’t hesitate to contact our friendly staff.
Unfortunately, in most cases we cannot order a new Vital Statistics certificate on your behalf. Depending on the province in question and type of document, we may be able to order new Vital Statistics certificates on your behalf. For the most part, you must order the certificates yourself.
To save time and additional shipping costs, you can have it sent directly to our office for authentication and legalization. Contact us to determine whether IDC is eligible to order your Canadian Vital Statistics certificate from the Province where the event took place.
Most often, the answer is yes, you need to authenticate and legalize your Canadian Vital Statistics certificate. The authentication and legalization process allows the recipient in the destination country to see that the document has gone through the appropriate channels. However, every situation is unique and you should confirm with the authority who requested your document whether you need to go through the authentication and legalization process.
Yes. Vital Statistics issues certificates for birth, marriage and death events. The Vital Statistics office in each province issues certificates for life events that were registered within that province. In addition, there are different formats of certificates available depending on how much detail you need. These range from file size, to long-form, to certified copies of the registration.
The processing time depends on your deadline, your budget, and the processing times at the embassy or consulate of the destination country.
If you decide to handle it yourself by mail, it will take up to four weeks or possibly longer. This is because the Global Affairs Canada processing time for authentication is up to 15 business days, plus mailing time. Then each embassy or consulate has its own processing time, ranging from 1 day to 4 weeks.
Contact our friendly staff to get a better idea of the time frame for authenticating and legalizing your Vital Statistics certificate. You are also welcome to ask about how we can expedite the process, saving you weeks of processing time.
An “apostille” is a certificate that is attached to a document that comes from a country who has signed the Hague Apostille Convention. Canadian documents will not have an apostille because Canada did not sign the Hague Apostille Convention. The Canadian equivalent to an “apostille” is authentication and legalization.
The process for authentication and legalization (apostille) of your Vital Statistics certificate, is to follow these three steps:
The pricing for authenticating and legalizing a Canadian Vital Statistics certificate will depend on how you decide to handle the process, the speed of service you choose, and the consular fees of the destination country.
We would love to be able to give you a quote for the authentication and legalization of your Vital Statistics certificate. However, every situation is unique and there are several variables that can affect the total cost. Contact a friendly IDC expert to discuss your situation, or visit our pricing web page to see general information about our pricing.
Yes, we can authenticate and legalize your Canadian Vital Statistics certificate on your behalf. We specialize in assisting individuals and companies with this confusing and often stressful process of authentication and legalization. We will handle every step of the process and keep you updated along the way.
Contact one of our experts for a detailed quote and to answer any questions about the authentication and legalization of your Canadian Vital Statistics certificate.
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