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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!

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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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Austria

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Australia

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Bahamas US$

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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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Germany Other documents

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Honduras US$

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Iraq US$

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Mexico

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Panama US$30 + $2 per additional page

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Ukraine Corporate 1 Business day

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UAE Personal AED$150

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UAE Corporate AED$2000

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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.

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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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