Authenticating and Legalizing Canadian Documents for Use in Mexico
Canada and Mexico are closely connected countries, with Canada being home to around 100,000 Mexicans and one of Mexico’s top trading partners after the United States. Many Canadians also visit Mexico for tourism, retirement, and even as a wedding destination. However, conducting personal and corporate affairs in Mexico often requires various documents to be legalized for use, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, and commercial invoices. Most documents issued outside of Mexico require an apostille, but Canada has not signed the Hague Apostille convention. As a result, any Canadian document that needs to be used in Mexico must go through the authentication and legalization process.
ALSC, a company based in Ottawa, specializes in the authentication and legalization of all Canadian documents for use in Mexico. With 30 years of experience and close relationships with Global Affairs Canada and the Mexican embassy in Ottawa, the company offers personal agents to answer any questions and concerns while keeping clients updated throughout the process. ALSC is an expert in virtually every Canadian document, including birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce certificates, and various corporate documents. We also specializes in various pharmaceutical and medical documents for use in Mexico, such as certificates of pharmaceutical products, medical device licenses, GMP, CPP, ISO certificates, and SCC certificates.
Canadian Vital Statistics Documents for Use in Mexico
Birth and marriage certificates are two of the most important personal documents that one might need to use in Mexico, whether it be for legal or administrative purposes. Here is some additional information on each document:
- Birth Certificates: In Canada, birth certificates are issued by provincial or territorial governments and are used to prove a person’s identity, age, and citizenship. In order to use a Canadian birth certificate in Mexico, it must first be authenticated and legalized by Global Affairs Canada and the Mexican embassy. This process verifies the authenticity of the document and ensures that it meets the legal requirements for use in Mexico. Canadian birth certificates issued by the provincial or territorial government contain signatures that are recognized by Global Affairs Canada and therefore do not require any additional notarization. However, it is important to note that if the birth certificate is damaged or lost, a new one can be ordered from the province or territory where it was originally issued.
- Marriage Certificates: Similarly to birth certificates, Canadian marriage certificates are issued by the provincial or territorial government where the marriage took place. These documents are important for proving that a couple is legally married and can be required for a variety of purposes, including immigration, passport applications, and estate planning. If you plan on using a Canadian marriage certificate in Mexico, it must also be authenticated and legalized by Global Affairs Canada and the Mexican embassy. In some cases, you may also need to provide a Spanish translation of the certificate. It is important to note that not all marriage certificates are issued by the provincial or territorial government; for example, some religious organizations may issue marriage certificates as well. These certificates are not valid for international use and cannot be authenticated or legalized by Global Affairs Canada.
In both cases, it is important to ensure that the documents are up-to-date and accurate before beginning the authentication and legalization process. Any errors or discrepancies on the document can cause delays and may require additional steps to correct. If you have any questions or concerns about the process, it is recommended to seek the assistance of a professional document authentication and legalization service, such as ALSC, to ensure a smooth and efficient process.
Benefits of Using ALSC’s Authentication and Legalization Services
To ensure a seamless process, clients must submit a scan of their documents for processing, which ALSC handles with utmost confidentiality and security. We also offers free pick-up of documents from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, along with one-stop service centers in Vancouver, Victoria, Surrey, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, North York, Mississauga, Halifax, and Montreal. With its team of diverse and committed agents, ALSC promises to provide the highest quality service while saving clients valuable time.