Authentication of Documents Apostille Service
What is Authentication and is it the same as an Apostille Certificate
When a document needs to be used outside Canada it must go through the authentication and legalization process in order for it to be accepted. While Canada does not use apostille certificates it does use the internationally recognized equivalent which starts with authentication, the first step for an Apostille in countries who recognize the Hague Apostille Certificate Convention.
Authentication of Documents- the First Step
In Canada the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD)(JLAC), is responsible for the first step in the two step process. Find out more about DFATD/JLAC and the authentication of documents.
Once they verify the signature on the document, by checking in their registry, they will affix their stamp, seal and signature to the document. After this the document is ready for the second step of legalization at the embassy, which when completed is the equivalent of an Apostille Certificate in Canada.
Our Authentication Service -
How we assist you with the first step:
- Consultation to guarantee the authentication of your document
- Strict operational procedures to ensure privacy and security
- Specialized agent who personally presents your document to DFATD
- Email updates at each stage giving you up-to-the-minute status
- An experienced agent to address any issues that may arise
- Coordinate shipping of your completed document to its final destination anywhere in the world
- Saving you 15 to 25 valuable business days, allowing you to get on with your important matter
Our Service Speeds & Fees
- Economy - Our cost-effective solution for multi-document requests, guaranteed in 10 business days
$100 for up to 10 documents
- Standard - A swifter solution, guaranteed in 3 business days
$125 for 1st document + $25 each additional document
- Priority - The fastest service solution available with Same-Day Guaranteed service if received by 12:00 noon
$175 for 1st document + $25 each additional document
Find out more about our fees.
Some of the common authentication of documents we assist with:
If your document is not listed above please ask us about your specific document.
Please note that certain restrictions and guidelines set down by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada do apply to your document and must be observed in order for us to process your document efficiently. To ensure that your document meets the guidelines, we have created a page outlining the requirements of DFATD. In addition, on our FAQs page, you will find our most common questions about the process and, on our resources page, you will find various links we have collected to assit you. Should you have further questions please be assured that we are available to assist you.
To find out about the second step to complete the equivalent of the Apostille process in Canada ...
Click here for our Embassy Legalization Service