We are proud to hold the title of one of the most accessible companies in our industry having over a dozen service centers across Canada to serve our clients. There are ALSC authentication and legalization service centers in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal and Halifax in order to provide a quick safe solution for your international document. The purpose of our service centers is to save you time and money. Instead of going to your nearest post office and waiting in line to send your documents via Canada Post, after an appointment is made, you can come to one of our service centers near you and get free shipping via overnight courier to our head office in Ottawa for processing. Once your documents have been completed, they get free shipping back to any one of our service centers in Canada for pick up. In almost every case, if you have Canadian documents that need to be used overseas, whether in Europe, South America, the Middle East, Africa, or Asia, your documents will have to come to Ottawa for authentication at Global Affairs Canada and likely the embassy of the country where you will use your documents; most of those embassies are in Ottawa as well. In other words, our service centers do not process your documents on the spot; they can’t! This is sometimes confusing for our clients which is completely understandable as authentication and legalization can be a very confusing process.
Authentication & Legalization Is Easy Using ALSC Service Centers
If you are interested in using our service centers to have your Canadian documents authenticated and legalized for use in the country of your choice, you will first have to contact our headquarters in Ottawa. Specifically, you will have to confirm use of our services once one of our agents has provided you with a quote. Our service centers are available by appointment only and this appointment must be made through our head office. If you fail to make an appointment through our Ottawa office to use any one of our service centers across Canada then your documents may not be accepted for processing. As the first provider of this service and with over 25 years experience in the industry, we know that there are deadlines to meet and this can make it very stressful to wait. However, proceeding without assistance and instruction from our agents at our Ottawa office will simply cause delays and add unnecessary complications to an already difficult process.
Thankfully, when you choose our services you can reduce your processing time by 20 business days on our priority same business day authentication service. Global Affairs Canada can take up to 20 business days to authenticate your Canadian documents. However, with our services one of our agents will personally present your documents to Global Affairs Canada for authentication during their limited operating hours on the same day your documents arrive at our office. The second step of legalization is often more complicated than the first step of authentication because of all of the additional requirements and fees which are subject to change. As we have worked with foreign embassies in Canada for over two decades, we have become experts at maneuvering through the changing requirements and all of the common issues which arise. Indeed, it is our service guarantee that your documents will be properly authenticated and legalized for use in the country of your choice. Whether for personal or corporate purposes, ALSC is here to help you get your documents ready for use overseas. Click below to get started!
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Some of our clients require a Notary before Authentication or would like to keep their original document so they request us to make a notarized copy. If this is you simply choose our Notary services. Translation services are required if your document contains a language other than English or French or if you need it translated to the foreign language. If this is you simply send us a scan of the document. We will send you a quote which is determined on a per word basis. If you want a scan of the official stamps on your Authenticated & Legalized document sent to you by email let us know. Make sure if requesting Notary or Digital Copies you choose the number you require.
1, 3, 10 Business Day Authentication Service
Validating a Canadian document for international use is a 2 step process. First choose the ALSC Global Affairs Canada Authentication Service that best suits your timeline and budget. When choosing your service make sure you tell us how many documents you need Authenticated.
Embassy Legalization Fee
The Embassy charges a fee to legalize your document which varies per country and sometimes by the type of document. To make payment easier and to save our clients time, if required in secured funds a standard $10 money order fee will be added to the legalization fee. With some countries we will need to confirm the fee upon confirmation of your order. For others simply select the amount of fees for the number of documents you need legalized. If you do not see your country listed choose the world icon. Please note that some fees are estimated as they change often.
Argentina fee to be confirmed
Italy fee to be confirmed
Consultation with an expert one of the benefits before choosing ALSC
Give us 1 hour to receive your request and one of our friendly agents will be waiting for your call at your scheduled appointment, from anywhere in North America call 1-800-336-1132 or 011-613-226-1001 from outside North America.
Embassy Legalization Service
Document legalization at the embassy consulate is the second step. Most will be able to legalize their document at an embassy in Ottawa. Others, due to government rules, will need to legalize their document at an embassy located outside of Ottawa. Country's that require outside Ottawa embassy legalization include: Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Italy, Oman, Spain. For the UAE it will depend where your document was issued. The UAE Toronto consulate will only process documents from Toronto and Southern Ontario, while the UAE Embassy Ottawa will legalize documents issued from the rest of Ontario and all other provinces. Select the legalization service that applies to the country where you will be using your document. The estimated legalization processing time is in addition to the authentication time and will be provided upon the confirmation of your order as it varies per country and changes often. Make sure the number of documents you select for Legalization matches the amount of documents you need Authenticated.
ALSC Easy Shipping Solutions
Once your document is authenticated and legalized it needs to get back to you or wherever it needs to go. To make this easy for you, but more importantly save you money, take advantage of our Free Priority FedEx overnight shipping available at any of our ALSC service centers in Victoria, Vancouver, Surrey, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Montreal or Halifax. If you are not close to one of our ALSC service centers, or our Ottawa national office, not to worry we do have solutions for you. To make this easier for you we have teamed up with our shipping partners Canada Post & FedEx for your national and international delivery needs, simply choose the shipping solution the works best for you. Please note the quoted shipping fees are for delivery to most major centers for a standard envelope weighing no more than .5kg/1 lb.
Yes, I want to save $70-80 in FedEx shipping fees and drop off & pick up at an ALSC Service Center
Canada Post Xpress Regional Ontario or Quebec $20 Projected delivery 1-2 business days
Canada Post Xpress National Delivery in Canada $25 Projected delivery 2-3 business days
FedEx Canada $50 Next business day
FedEx USA $70 Next business day
FedEx Mexico- Europe $100
FedEx China $120
FedEx Middle East - South America $140
FedEx Russia $195
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