Understanding the Importance of Notarization in Document Authentication and Legalization
This article explains the importance of notarizing documents before the authentication and legalization process. This question comes up often so hopefully this will help answer it.
What is Document Notarization?
Document notarization is the process of having a specially authorized person, called a Notary Public, witness the signing of a document and place their signature and stamp on it. This certifies that the Notary Public witnessed the signature and verified the identity of the parties involved. Notary Publics are authorized to notarize documents, and many lawyers are also accredited as Notary Publics. It is easy to find a Notary in your local area.
Why Notarize Before Authentication and Legalization?
Notarization is a crucial first step in the process of authenticating and legalizing documents in Canada as per the regulations established by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canada.
Exceptions to Notarization Requirement
Certain documents, such as original vital statistic documents, criminal record checks issued by the RCMP, and degrees from accredited educational institutions, do not require notarization before being authenticated by Global Affairs Canada previously known the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFATD). You can find out more information on their website here,
Who Can Notarize Documents? Notary Publics are authorized to notarize documents, and many lawyers are also accredited as Notary Publics. It is easy to find a Notary in your local area.
Tips for Notarization
- Bring the original document and 2 pieces of Government issued identification
- Sign the document in front of the notary
- Make sure the notary signs the document and prints their name clearly
If you have further questions about notarization and the authentication and legalization process, feel free to contact Authentication Legalization Services Canada (ALSC). Our team would be happy to assist you.