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Power of Attorney Authentication Legalization or Power of Attorney Apostille

For personal or commercial reasons you may be asked to provide a international Power of Attorney that will be used in a foreign country. In order for it to be accepted as legal abroad it must be authenticated and legalized. The validation process of Power of Attorney Authentication Legalization may also be called Power of Attorney Apostille or Attestation in other countries but is recognized as the equivalent. If you have been asked to have a Power of Attorney Apostille it is from a country that has signed the Hague Convention. Canada has not signed this convention and follows an equivalent two step process which will make it acceptable in those countries.

We have be helping people authenticate and legalize their Powers of Attorney for over 20 years for countries such as the Netherlands, Spain, USA and Poland where it is called Power of Attorney Apostille, and the UAE and Saudi Arabia where it is known as Power of Attorney Attestation-Legalization. Authenticating your Power of Attorney international document with us is easy. Let’s start with getting your Power of Attorney ready for Global Affairs Canada.

Is your Power of Attorney ready for Authentication?

For Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section to authenticate a Power of Attorney, it must first be notarized by a Lawyer. Most Canadian Lawyers in your local area should be able to assist you with this step. In addition to the Power of Attorney, you will need to bring government issued identification like a passport to the lawyer or notary. When you meet with the Notary they will examine your identification to confirm your identify, have you swear to this verbally, then to complete the process you will sign the power of attorney in their presence. Now you are ready for the first step of Authentication that takes place at Global Affairs Canada here in Ottawa.

Global Affairs Canada Power of Attorney Authentication Rules

Often the Power of Attorney may not be in one of Canada’s official languages of English or French. If this is the case Global Affairs Canada requires a translated version that has been prepared by a certified translator and further notarized. If you need translation services simply let us know we can assist you with this step. The current processing time for Power of Attorney Authentication with Global Affairs Canada is 20 business days via courier. Using our service we can shorten it to 1 business day authentication. See all of your Power of Attorney authentication service options here.

All other Canadian legal documents must be signed by a Canadian Notary in order for us to authenticate them at Global Affairs Canada. If you need help with this ask about our Notary Services for your Canadian Power of Attorney so that you can begin the authentication and legalization for use in a foreign country.

Legalization – Attestation At The Embassy Consulate

The second step of 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 to legalize a Power of Attorney and processing times that change often. When you use our document legalization services we will take care of all of that, making sure it gets done correctly and meets your timeline. After the Power of Attorney 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.

Additional Documents you may need Authenticated and Legalized

If you have been asked to get a Power of Attorney Authenticated and Legalized or Apostilled you may have other documents like a notarized copy of a Passport, Birth Certificate, and Incorporation Documents that may 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 the requirements for your international Power of Attorney, you are ready to begin the Power of Attorney Authentication and Legalization process also known as Power of Attorney Apostille Certification. We understand this is an important international matter for you. Our experience and expertise is here to help. Click below to get started!

FAQ’s we get about using an International Canadian Power of Attorney 

As Canada’s experts, ALSC can efficiently help you get your Power of Attorney ready for international use by providing you with over 25 years of experience with the most up to date knowledge about the rules and regulations of Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy. Not only will ALSC help you process your documents quickly we also make it easy by guiding you through each step providing you with the up to the minute status of your documents using our Online Status Tracker. Talk to one of our experts on how to get your Power of Attorney accepted internationally and get the experts working for you.

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Our fees for processing your Power of Attorney are broken down into steps. For the first step of authentication at Global Affairs Canada, we offer our $175 Priority same day, $125 Standard 3 business day, or our $100 Economy 10 business day service. Our Priority and Standard services are respectively $175 and $125 for the first document plus $25 per additional document and our Economy service is $100 for up to 10 documents.

ALSC’s pricing for the Legalizations step, which takes place at the Embassy of the country in which you wish to use your Power of Attorney, depends on the location of the Embassy. For the first document, our pricing is $125 for Legalization at an Embassy in Ottawa and $175 at an Embassy outside of Ottawa plus $25 per additional document. The Legalization step is also subject to an Embassy fee, which is the fee the Embassy charges for their service of legalizing a document, this fee varies from Embassy to Embassy. For a cost estimate based on your specific needs, use our Quick Quote or call 1-800-336-1132 an ALSC agent who would be happy to help.

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Authentication and Legalization are the 2 steps in the Canadian process that make your Power of Attorney legally valid for use in another country. For the first step of Authentication at Global Affairs Canada, we offer a Priority 1, Standard 3, and Economy 10 business day service to meet your timeline and budget. Processing times for the Legalization of your Power of Attorney at the Embassy varies depending on which Embassy you require to Legalize your Power of Attorney. Once these two steps have been completed your Canadian Power of Attorney is ready for use internationally. To get an estimate on how long it will take for you, speak to an ALSC expert about current processing times.

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Yes. For a Canadian Power of Attorney to be legally valid for use outside of Canada, it would need to first be Authenticated by Global Affairs and then Legalized by the Embassy of the country in which you wish to use the Power of Attorney. In some countries, this process is referred to as an Apostille which is the equivalent process to Authentication and Legalization for validating documents internationally. So, whether someone has asked for an Apostille or the Authentication and Legalization of your Power of Attorney, ALSC can help you.

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No, you cannot Authenticate and Legalize a photocopy or digital copy of a Power of Attorney because it is not an original, only a copy of the original. To Authenticate and Legalize a Power of Attorney it needs to be an original sworn and signed in front of a Canadian Lawyer or Notary Public. For more information about Powers of Attorney, you should speak with your legal professional they will be best able to help you. Once you have spoken with them ALSC is ready to help you Authenticate and Legalize your Power of Attorney for whatever country you need to use it in.

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Yes, in order to have your Power of Attorney authenticated at Global Affairs Canada, it would first need to be sworn before a Canadian Lawyer or Notary Public. This would be done at the time that the document is signed by you or the party. This step is taken in order to ensure that all signatures are authentic and have been witnessed by an official party. Most of our clients use a legal professional they have used in the past for this but if you need help look online for a legal professional who offers the service nearest you.

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Unfortunately, you cannot get an Apostille Certification for a Canadian Power of Attorney to use it abroad. Since Canada did not sign the Apostille Convention of 1961, we rely on the older two-step process of Authentication & Legalization. This process starts at Global Affairs Canada and ends with the Embassy Consulate of the country in which you intend to use your document.  The good news is that this two-step process is the direct equivalent of an Apostille and is accepted in any country requiring one for your Canadian Power of Attorney. Talk to an ALSC expert about how we can get the equivalent of an Apostille for your Canadian Power of Attorney.

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We cannot speak legally as that is best left for the legal professional who is preparing your Power of Attorney, whether for personal or commercial reasons. What we can advise you on is the strict requirements that some countries have for accepting your Power of Attorney for legalization at the embassy or for Authentication at Global Affairs Canada. In addition, fees may differ between personal and commercial Powers of Attorney, which changes often. To save our clients any delays in processing our experts are always keeping up to date on any changes with Global Affairs Canada and the Embassies. Whether it is a personal or commercial Power of Attorney ALSC has been helping clients Authenticate and Legalize at the country of their choice for over 25 years and we are ready to help you.

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As many of our clients have Powers of Attorney that contain a language other than English or French, this question comes up often. In most cases, the Embassy will not have an issue although Global Affairs Canada has strict rules about documents that contain foreign languages.

 

Global Affairs Canada will only authenticate a foreign language Power of Attorney if a notarized translation in English or French has been prepared by a certified Canadian translator. If your Power of Attorney contains a foreign language, simply speak with one of our ALSC agents. They will be able to assist with the fastest and most economical way to have your foreign language document translated.

 

ALSC makes it simple to get started with translation services. All we require is a scan of the original notarized foreign language Power of Attorney for review, as fees are determined on a per word basis. In the rare case where we are unable to assist because of the availability of a translator in the language required, we will quickly let you know. In most cases we will be able to help, responding with more information on how to begin the process. It’s that easy!

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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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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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Stay Safe Save Money 3 Business Day - $175 for 1st document + $25 per additional document with FedEx pick up & delivery in Canada when also using our Legalization Services

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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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China Personal 4 Business day

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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 Stay Safe Save Money Special with FedEx pick up & delivery from your home or business in Canada. If you require other solutions to make shipping easier 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.

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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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