Canada is globally recognized as a leader in flight training and Canadian-trained pilots are working around the world. If you need to have your Canadian pilot’s licence and other related documents recognized in another country, they will often have to go through the authentication and legalization process, also known as the “apostille” process. We specialize in navigating this confusing process on your behalf. Contact us today!
Document authentication and legalization is the name for the process of obtaining the signature and seal of a foreign embassy or consulate on a Canadian document. This process is used when you need to have a Canadian document, such as a pilot’s licence, recognized in another country. Click below for more information on the three steps involved in the authentication and legalization process.
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IDC can manage the document authentication and legalization process on your behalf. We’ll discuss your specific situation and help you prepare your pilot’s licence and accompanying documentation for processing. Phone us toll-free at 1-888-433-1011 or fill out our quick Get Started form for your free consultation.
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Yes. In fact, you cannot authenticate and legalize the original Pilot’s Licence. You will need to have a certified true copy made by a Canadian Notary Public. The original licence cannot be processed because of two reasons. First, it is too small on which to place the appropriate stamps. Second, it does not contain a signature that is recognized by Global Affairs Canada.
If you have been asked to have your Pilot’s Licence authenticated, legalized, apostille, or attested, then the answer is yes. Otherwise, it is best to ask the recipient abroad whether you need to go through this process. Not all authorities or countries will make this requirement mandatory.
When asked to get an “apostille” or “attestation” on your Canadian Pilot’s Licence, you will first need to determine what exactly that means. In Canada, both of these terms refer to the authentication and legalization process. This three-step process will obtain the appropriate stamps and signatures on the licence so you may ensure it will be accepted abroad.
The term apostille refers to the Hague Apostille Convention. Canada is not a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, so we do not use apostille certificates in Canada. The term attestation is typically used in the middle east and refers to a process equivalent to authentication and legalization.
The process of authentication and legalization for a Canadian Pilot’s Licence can vary. The time frame depends on a few factors; whether you handle the process yourself, the services you choose when you engage professional services, and the processing time at the embassy or consulate for the legalization portion of the process.
If you decide to tackle the process yourself by mail, the authentication at Global Affairs Canada will take up to 15 business days, plus mailing time. Additionally, there is the legalization processing time at the embassy or consulate (which varies from 1 day to 4 weeks).
Using a service like ours can expedite the processing time with Global Affairs Canada by reducing mailing times. Then we can personally submit the licence to the embassy or consulate of the destination country. We will also ensure all the requirements of Global Affairs Canada and the embassy or consulate have been met, ensuring there are no delays or risk of your document being returned unprocessed.
We understand it would be convenient if there was a set rate for the authentication and legalization of your Pilot’s Licence. However, this process and the associated fees are determined on multiple factors. These include how fast you need it done, how many documents you have for processing, what steps you need us to handle, and the consular fees of the diplomatic mission.
When you contact us, one of the first things we’ll do is provide you with a detailed quote based on your situation. Contact us today for a free consultation. You may also review our page with general information about our pricing.
Yes, you will need to have a “certified true copy” of your Pilot’s Licence made by a Canadian Notary Public, in order to meet the criteria of the authentication and legalization process. There are two reasons why you must notarize the Pilot’s Licence. First, the licence is typically too small to be stamped by Global Affairs Canada. Second, the licence does not contain a signature that is recognized by Global Affairs Canada.
An IDC expert is available to discuss your situation and provide you with the information you need. Contact us today!
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