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Marriage Certificate Authentication Legalization or Marriage Certificate Apostille

Marriage  Certificate Authentication Legalization or Marriage Certificate Apostille – If you need to have your Marriage Certificate recognized outside of Canada it must first be authenticated and legalized. The validation process of Marriage Certificate Authentication Legalization may also be called Marriage Certificate Apostille or Attestation in other countries but is recognized as the equivalent. We are often asked where to get an Apostille by our clients. A country that has specifically requested a Marriage Certificate Apostille stamp will be a country who has signed the Hague Apostille Convention. Canada has not, hence the alternative but equivalent process. Authenticating your marriage 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 Marriage Certificate Authentication Legalization or Marriage Certificate Apostille are for a visa application, immigration, registration of marriage abroad, your spouse moving with you to a new job, or immigration. Whatever the reason, we can help. We have been helping people authenticate and legalize marriage certificates for 25 years for countries such as the UAE and Qatar where it is called Attestation, or The Netherlands and Mexico where it is known as an Apostille.

Do you have the correct Marriage Certificate for Authentication?

It is important to make sure you have the correct type of Certificate of Marriage for the specific purpose and country in which you are using it. Doing this will ensure that it can be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section and also legalized by the embassy. These two steps must be followed for it to be accepted as a Marriage Certificate Apostille outside Canada. Let’s start with the first step of Marriage Certificate Authentication which takes place at Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa.

Global Affairs Canada Marriage Certificate Authentication Rules

To qualify for Global Affairs Canada Authentication, the Marriage Certificate must be one that was issued by the provincial government vital statics office where you were married. It can be a certificate or long-form type. Both are acceptable. Starting April 1st, 2020 Global Affairs Canada will only accept Marriage certificates that are issued by a provincial Vital Statistics department.

Global Affairs Canada will not authenticate the certificate or license that was signed and given to you at your wedding ceremony. Also, they cannot authenticate the wallet-sized certificate because it is too small. If you are not sure whether you have the correct type of Marriage Certificate for Authentication at Global Affairs Canada, not to worry, our consultation will make sure that you do.

How to order a Marriage Certificate for Authentication and Legalization

If you do not have the correct type of Marriage Certificate or need Marriage Certificate replacement, you can easily order it from the provincial government vital statistics departments on our Document Resources page. When ordering your copy of Marriage Certificate, most have an option to have the certificate delivered to our office. Many of our clients choose this option because it allows for quicker Marriage Certificate Authentication and Legalization. Global Affairs Canada’s current processing time for marriage certificate authentication is 20 business days. Our in-person appearance on your behalf will shorten this to as quick as 1 business day. See more about your marriage certificate authentication service options.

Marriage Certificate Legalization – Attestation At The Embassy Consulate

The second step of Marriage 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 or processing times that change often. When you use our document legalization services, we take care of all of that making sure it gets done correctly and meets your timeline. After your marriage 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 Marriage Certificate

If you have been asked to get your marriage certificate authenticated and legalized or Apostilled, you may have other documents like a Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Degree, Divorce Certificate or Police Check that also require authentication and legalization. We can help you authenticate and legalize these and more documents speak with one of our friendly agents about yours.

Now that we have helped confirm that you have the correct type of Marriage Certificate, you are ready to begin the Marriage Certificate Authentication and Legalization process, also known as Marriage Certificate Apostille Certification. Find out how easy we make it for you!

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Authentication Service

Validating a Canadian document for international use is a 2 step process. For the first step choose the ALSC Authentication Service that best suits your timeline and budget. As Global Affairs Canada’s temporary rules make it impossible for any service provider to offer same day Authentication, for now we will only be offering our 3 and 10 business day services Monday through Thursday. To help, we have introduced our ALSC Smart Choice Service to make our Authentication service the most convenient in Canada but more importantly saving you money. When choosing your service make sure you Click the amount of documents you need Authenticated.

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Economy 10 Business Day - $100 for up to 10 documents

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Standard 3 Business Day - $125 for 1st document + $25 per additional document

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ALSC Smart Choice 3 Business Day - $175 for 1st document + $25 per additional. We do it all with FedEx pickup & delivery included within Canada. An $80-$150 Value! Convenient & Saves you money!

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Embassy Fee

The Embassy charges a fee per document which varies per country and sometimes by document type. When required in secured funds a standard $10 money order charge will be added. With some countries we will need to confirm the fee. If you do not see your country listed choose the world icon. Make sure to Click the number of documents you selected for Legalization.

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Bulgaria 1 Business Day

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China Personal 4 Business day

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Germany Birth, Marriage, Death

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Embassy Legalization Service

Legalization at the embassy consulate is the second step. Processing times vary and are in addition to the authentication time. Make sure you Click the number of documents for Legalization that matches the number of documents you selected for Authentication.

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Ottawa Embassy $125 1st document + $25 per additional

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Outside Ottawa Embassy $175 1st document + $25 per additional. Outside Ottawa embassies include Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, El Salvador, Germany, Italy, Oman, Spain, UAE

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Once your document is completed it needs to get back to you or wherever it needs to go. Simply choose the shipping solution that 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.

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Canada Post Xpress National Delivery in Canada $25 Projected delivery 2-3 business days

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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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