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British Columbia Document Authentication Service Experts

Document Authentication in British Columbia has never been easier when using the services of ALSC. Serving clients in Victoria, Vancouver and Surrey and other parts of B.C. over the past 30 years has made us the go to experts.  

Although Global Affairs Canada has suspended same day service, The British Columbia Authentication Office has continued to provide quick services. This has allowed us to offer our clients a faster alternative to Global Affairs Canada long processing time. The question for our experts will be if your document qualifies for the process and whether it will be accepted for legalization at the countries embassy you will be using it in. 

British Columbia Authentication Office Requirements 

The need for official documents comes up when a person or business is conducting important matters in a foreign country. As an example, for individuals this could include a new birth, employment, marriage, continuing education, or other life matters. For a British Columbia business this could mean you are providing various corporate documents or powers of attorney to set up new markets or support ongoing affairs in a foreign country. Whatever the purpose our experts will be able to assist you. 

The British Columbia Authentication Office requirements are simple being that if the document is Notarized in B.C. it can be authenticated. They do not verify the content of a document their purpose is to verify the seal, stamp, and signature of the of a B.C. Notary Public for taking affidavits who have been appointed by the Ministry. If you have a vital statistic document like a birth, marriage, or death certificate that has been issued by the Registrar General of British Columbia then the B.C. Authentication Office can authenticate it without it being notarized.  

Types of Documents the British Columbia Authentication Office Accepts

The British Columbia Authentication Office authenticates all types of documents. Below is a list of some of the more common ones. If you don’t see your document listed below speak with one our friendly specialists they will be able to provide you more information.

  • Adoption
  • Affidavits
  • Agent Authorization Letter
  • Assignments
  • Birth Certificate
  • CPP Certificate
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Certificate of Free Sale
  • Certificate of Origin
  • Corporate Documents
  • Court documents
  • Death Certificate
  • Degree, Diploma Transcripts
  • Divorce Certificate
  • GMP Certificate
  • Health Canada Certificates
  • Medical Device Licence
  • International Trade Certificates
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Passport
  • Police Check
  • Power of Attorney
  • Property Deeds
  • Teachers Certificate

British Columbia Authentication Office FAQ”s

This depends on what time of the day we receive your document and whether it needs extra attention to meet B.C. Authentication Office requirements. As an example, it could be done as quickly as 5-14 business days.

No, they can either authenticate the original document, if it has an official signature recognized by the B.C. Authentication Office or a notarized copy made by a B.C. Notary. The authentication process requires the document to be physically present because it is reliant on the official signature on the document and not the content of the document. What the B.C. Authentication Office is doing when authenticating a document is verifying the official signature on your document and confirming it matches the one in their registry. If the document is a digital scan or photocopy there is no real signature to authenticate only a copy of a signature. If you need help with sending your document to us for authentication, simply ask your ALSC agent about our easy shipping solutions.

When using a document internationally it’s important to check with the requesting party in-country for requirements to find out the correct type of document that you need. In most cases, they will need you to provide your document in a certain format style or the original document itself. To reiterate, in no way can a digital scan or photocopy of a document be authenticated with the B.C. Authentication Office.

Our fees for processing your documents are broken down into steps. For a cost estimate based on your specific needs, Request a Quote or call 1-800-336-1132 from anywhere in North America and an ALSC agent who would be happy to help.

If you have been asked to validate your document for official purposes in a foreign country you want to get it right the first time. Time is of the essence for most of our clients, the sooner it’s done, the sooner you can move on with the important matter related to why you have been asked to authenticate the document. With ALSC having locations in Victoria, Vancouver and Surrey offering free shipping we save you time and money. Our ALSC order status tracker and up to the minute email updates provide peace of mind throughout the process. ALSC saves you time giving you Canada’s international document experts on your side to answer any question you may have with the utmost customer service. For our clients, this is what differentiates ALSC from navigating the public service on their own they want an expert to guide them.

Not always but in some cases, you may want to make a notarized copy of your original document to keep it in pristine shape for use in the future. For those clients that must have their document notarized, it is because their document does not have an official signature on it that is recognized by the B.C. Authentication Office. In these cases, you will need to have your document notarized by a B.C. Notary. This is a service we can provide if you send the original document to our office our Notary will ensure it meets the requirements. If you need Notary services simply ask your ALSC agent. 

Some documents such as a B.C. birth, marriage, or death certificate issued by the Ministry can be authenticated as is and do not need further attention. If you are not sure about your document not to worry your personal agent will review your document to clarify if any extra steps are needed. 

No unfortunately it will not be accepted in some countries but if it has been legalized by the countries Embassy Consulate in Canada it may meet the requirements. As this is determined on what country it is being used in and the type of document it is best to speak with one of our experts.

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