Apostille, Authentication and Legalization Services are our expertise, this process is how you get your Canadian documents ready for international use. For over 25 years we have assisted clients from all over the world with our Authentication Legalization Services, our experience gives you peace of mind. Our specialists can help you no matter what type of document you have and whether you have been asked to get an Apostille, Authentication, Legalization or Attestation. Examples of documents we often process for our clients in the Greater Victoria Region are a British Columbia Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Death Certificate, Police Check, University of Victoria Degree, Personal or Corporate Power of Attorney or Incorporation documents, to name a few. When you contact us via our Service Quote Request, phone, live chat or email, one of our specialists will then help you get your important documents ready for Authentication at Global Affairs Canada and Legalization at the Embassy of the country in which the documents will be used. if you live in Victoria, Saanich, Langford, Colwood, Sidney or anywhere else in the Greater Victoria Region our Victoria Apostille Authentication Legalization Service Center is then easy to access for you to drop off your documents. Our Victoria Service Center saves you a trip to the post office and will also ensure that your documents are sent overnight to our Ottawa National Headquarters.
If you have been asked to Apostille your documents, then do not worry, since the combination of Authentication and Legalization in Canada is the international equivalent. The difference between Apostille, Authentication and Legalization is that Apostille is a one-step process which makes your documents valid for use in all other countries that have signed the Hague Apostille Convention, whereas Authentication and Legalization is a two-step process that makes your documents valid for use only in the country at the Embassy Consulate where they were legalized.
Most documents from Victoria, BC that we authenticate every day for our clients at Global Affairs Canada and then legalize at the various Embassies in Canada, are a BC Birth Certificate, BC Marriage Certificate and BC Death Certificate. These are also called Vital Statistics Documents as they are issued by the British Columbia Vital Statistics Department. You can order as many copies of BC Vital Statistics Documents as you require, which means that you can always order an original Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or Death Certificate. We can then help you with getting them ready for international use.
Other documents we process on a daily basis for use abroad are a University of Victoria Degree, British Columbia Incorporation documents, Police Check and Power of Attorney. No matter what the documents are, our specialists will be able to help you in getting them authenticated at Global Affairs Canada. We can get it done on the same day it arrives in our Ottawa headquarters, when using our Priority Authentication Service, saving you valuable time compared to the Global Affairs Canada mail-in process. Our verification before you drop off your documents at the Victoria Service Center, guarantees that Global Affairs Canada will authenticate your documents, so you don’t have to worry and you can let us take care of the rest!
Before going to the Victoria ALSC Service Center you need to set up an appointment by following these 5 steps:
- First call us toll free at 1-800-336-1132 to speak to a friendly experienced specialist at our Ottawa national headquarters or use the Service Quote Request to tell us more about the documents you need processed.
- After our specialist has spoken to you or after reviewing your Service Quote Request, we will provide you with the service options available for your request, tailored to your specific needs.
- This will also allow the specialist you have spoken to, to provide you with any requirements for authentication and legalization to ensure that your documents are prepared and meet the requirements of Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy of the country in which you will be using the documents.
- Once you have confirmed your service options we can then set up an appointment for you to drop off your documents and ALSC order forms at the Authentication Legalization Services Canada – Victoria Service Center at Suite 301 – 1321 Blanshard Street, Victoria, BC V8W OB6. They will be waiting for you at the Victoria Service Center to ship the documents overnight to our national headquarters in Ottawa, where the documents will be processed.
- Now we do our part keeping you updated at every step via email. Upon completion of the process we let you know when you can pick up your completed documents at our Victoria Service Center, it’s that simple. Best of all it’s guaranteed!
If you are unable to pick up your documents at the Service Center or prefer that we instead send them somewhere else, then simply let us know. We can ship your legalized documents to any destination worldwide via one of our shipping partners. We look forward to helping you make your documents ready for international use.
Once you have completed these five steps, come to our service center at your scheduled appointment time. Below is a photo of the front of the building as well as a map of the surrounding area. Make sure to remember these or take a screenshot on your phone to make it easier to find our service once you’re nearby.
The ALSC Victoria Service Center is located at 1321 Blanshard Street, Suite 301, Victoria near the Tim Hortons. Below is a picture of the building entrance and a Google map to help find us when you attend to drop off your documents. The Service Center is also convenient for those living in the below listed cities. The travel times are as estimated by Google Maps:
10 minutes from Oak Bay
11 minutes from Saanich
18 minutes from Cordova Bay
19 minutes from Langford
22 minutes from Colwood
24 minutes from Saanichton
32 minutes from Sidney
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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.
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.
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.
Argentina fee to be confirmed
Italy fee to be confirmed
Consultation with an expert one of the benefits before choosing ALSC
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.
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.
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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