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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 which 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. These come as a certified true originals and do not need to be signed by a notary.

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. 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 marriage certificate even if made into a notarized copy. 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 when you use our Quick & Easy Verification on our home page.

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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Additional Services

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.

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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.

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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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Priority 1 Business Day - $175 for 1st document + $25 per additional document

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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.

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Australia

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Brazil

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Bulgaria 1 Business Day

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Bulgaria 3 Business day

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Chile US$

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China Personal 4 Business day

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China Personal 3 Business day

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China Personal 2 Business day

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Colombia US$

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Dominican Republic Corporate US$

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Dominican Republic Personal US$

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Ecuador Corporate US$

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Germany Birth, Marriage, Death

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Honduras US$

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Iraq US$

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Panama US$30 + $2 per additional page

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UAE Personal AED$150

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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