Birth Certificate FAQ’s
If you have never ordered a Birth Certificate, you have misplaced or lost your Birth Certificate, the original you have is damaged, or the document was issued a long time ago, you can order a new or a replacement Birth Certificate from the Provincial Vital Statistics Department in the province where the birth took place. […]
Most Vital Statistics Departments have an option to have the Birth Certificate sent directly to a third party such as ALSC. Once you have been in contact with one of our agents regarding your request and confirmed how you want to proceed, we will provide you with our mailing address where the Birth Certificate can […]
No, since Canada has not signed the Apostille Convention the original process of Authentication and Legalization is still used to make a Canadian document valid for use in another country. Your Birth Certificate will therefore first need to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and then legalized by the Embassy or Consulate of the country […]
A Canadian Birth Certificate is initially only valid for use in Canada therefore a foreign country will not accept a Canadian Birth Certificate. To make the Birth Certificate valid for use in a foreign country, it will first need to go through the process of Authentication at Global Affairs Canada and then Legalization at the […]
There are many different styles of Birth Certificates in Canada. The most common are a credit card sized Birth Certificate, a polymer or half a letter-sized Birth Certificate either with parents’ information (long form) or without parents’ information (short form), and the longest available form which can be called a Statement of Birth, Registration of […]
Can I get a Notarized copy of my Canadian Birth Certificate Authenticated and Legalized for use in another country?
No, as per the Global Affairs Canada rules and regulations, only an original Birth Certificate issued by a Canadian Provincial Vital Statistics Department can be authenticated. A notarized or certified copy made by a Canadian Notary Public cannot be authenticated.
Dependent on the purpose of the Birth Certificate in the foreign country, you might need to get your Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Police Check, University Degree and other documents also Authenticated and Legalized. You will first need to confirm with the requesting party in the foreign country which additional documents you will need to provide […]