Requirements for authentication and legalization of a Canadian Power of Attorney

You may be asked for commercial or personal matters to Apostille, Authenticate and Legalize a Power of Attorney for use outside Canada. In order to do this the Power of Attorney must be notarized by a Canadian Notary or Commissionaire of Oaths. Once sworn it must be authenticated by Foreign Affairs Canada (DFATD/JLAC) here in Ottawa. When dealing with Foreign Affairs directly this step of the process can take between 15-25 business days. Using our esrvies we can shorten this to as quick as one business day find out how.

How to use your Canadian power of attorney in another country the apostille, authentication, legalization attestation process

Once authenticated it will allow for the legalization at the embassy for which country the Power of Attorney is going to be used in. Please note that if the Power of Attorney is not in one of Canada’s official languages, English or French, a translated and notarized version must be included for review by Foreign Affairs. In addition the embassy may require that the Power of Attorney be prepared in a certain way with other requirements that need to be followed in order to have your document legalized for use in that country. Our consulation with you ensures that your document will met the requiremnts.

To find more information on how to apostille, authenticate or legalize your Power of Attorney for use outside Canada contact Authentication Legalization Services Canada at 1-800-336-1132 toll free in North America or

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