Birth Certificate Authentication Legalization or Birth Certificate Apostille
Birth Certificate Authentication Legalization or Birth Certificate Apostille – In order for a Canadian Birth Certificate to be valid in a foreign country it must first be authenticated and legalized. The validation process of Birth Certificate Authentication Legalization may also be called Birth Certificate Apostille or Attestation in other countries but is recognized as the equivalent. If you have been asked to get an Apostille for your Canadian Birth Certificate, once the two steps of authentication and legalization are completed it will be equal to a Birth Certificate Apostille by any country who has signed the Hague Convention. Authenticating your international birth certificate with us is easy. Let’s get started with why you may need to do it.
Some of the reasons why you may have been asked to get Birth Certificate Authentication Legalization or a Birth Certificate Apostille Stamp are for a visa application, immigration, marriage, registration of birth in a foreign country, or working abroad. Whatever the reason, we can help. We have been helping people authenticate and legalize birth certificates for 25 years for countries such as the Netherlands and Mexico where it is known as an Apostille, or as Birth Certificate Attestation in UAE and Qatar.
Do you have the correct Birth Certificate for Authentication?
Before you begin the Birth Certificate Authentication and Legalization process it is important to have the correct type and size of Birth Certificate. This will ensure that it can be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section, legalized by the embassy, and accepted for the process that you are using it for in the receiving country. Let’s start with the first step of Birth Certificate authentication which takes place at Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa.
Global Affairs Canada Birth Certificate Authentication Rules
Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section can authenticate the certificate style, registration of live birth, and the new type of Birth Certificate on polymer paper. These types of birth certificates all come from the provincial vital statistics departments as certified true documents and do not need to be signed by a Notary before they can be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada.
Global Affairs Canada cannot authenticate the wallet sized birth certificate because it is too small. To fix this you can make a larger notarized copy to be authenticated but we advise against it as many of the embassies will not accept the wallet style birth certificate whether original or a notarized copy. If you are not sure whether you have the correct type of Birth Certificate for Authentication at Global Affairs Canada, not to worry, our consultation will make sure that you do.
How to order a Birth Certificate for Authentication and Legalization
If you know that you do not have the correct type or need a new Birth Certificate, it can easily be ordered from the provincial government vital statistics departments listed on our Document Authentication Resources page. If you are ordering a new birth certificate to be authenticated at Global Affairs Canada, some provincial vital statistics departments have an option to have it delivered directly to our office. Most of our clients choose this option because it allows for quicker Birth Certificate Authentication and Legalization. In addition, although Global Affairs Canada’s current processing time for Authentication is 20 business days, we can have it completed in 1 business day. See more about your options using our Birth Certificate Authentication Services.
Birth Certificate Legalization – Attestation At The Embassy Consulate
The second step of Birth Certificate Legalization takes place at the embassy consulate of the country where you are going to be using it. Most embassy consulates are located here in Ottawa and charge a fee to provide document legalization services. In addition, some have other requirements and long processing times that change often. Not to worry, our document legalization services will take care of all of that making sure it gets done correctly and meets your timeline. After your birth certificate has been authenticated and legalized, we can return it back to you or anywhere in the world it needs to go using one of our ‘document shipping made easy‘ solutions or using your preferred delivery method.
Documents you may need Authenticated and Legalized with your Birth Certificate
If you have been asked to get your birth certificate authenticated and legalized or Apostilled you may have other documents such as a Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Divorce Certificate or Police Check that also require authentication and legalization. We can help you authenticate and legalize these and other documents when you use our Quick & Easy Verification on our home page.
Now that we have helped confirm that you have the correct type, you are ready to begin the Birth Certificate Authentication and Legalization process also known as Birth Certificate Apostille Certification. Find out how easy we make it for you to get an International Birth Certificate!
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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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