Birth Certificate Apostille, Birth Certificate Authentication-Attestation

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 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 over 20 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!

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