Apostille or Authentication – Why and What’s the difference?
Apostille or Authentication why am I being asked to do it and what’s the difference are questions that we hear often from our clients here at Authentication Legalization Services Canada (ALSC). To help explain Canadian documents being used outside the country, for personal or business affairs, must go through the two step process of authentication of documents and legalization to make them valid for use internationally. The process of authentication and legalization must also be followed in order for a Canadian document to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille Seal. We talk more about this below as many of our clients have been asked to get one for their Canadian document only to discover that it’s not possible. The Authentication and Legalization process applies to a Canadian Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Degree, Police Check, Power of Attorney, Certificate of Incorporation or Certificate of Origin to name a few official documents that maybe used in a foreign country. As Canada’s first service provider Authentication Legalization Services Canada has been helping people and corporations for 25 years authenticate and legalize all types of documents for use internationally, feel free to speak to one of our friendly specialists about yours.
Apostille Canada – The Authentication Legalization Equivalency
Outside of Canada another commonly used method to have a document validated for use internationally is to get an Apostille stamp. This is the process used when both countries have signed the Hague Convention Agreement. If you want to find out more about the Hague Convention agreement see more about it here. It outlines the process and helps explains that it is a new method adopted by a group of countries to validate documents for use internationally, although Canada is still not a member. Since Canada has not signed the Hague Convention Agreement it does not issue Apostille Certificates. Instead the Canadian government uses the older internationally recognized equivalent that starts with the first step of Authentication of Documents at the Department of Global Affairs Canada located near our ALSC Ottawa national headquarters. The second step of document legalization takes place at the embassy of the country in which the document will be used which once again most are located here in Ottawa close to our headquarters which gives our clients the benefit of quicker processing. The two steps of authentication and legalization to validate a Canadian document internationally still applies when the country where the document will be used has signed the Hague Convention agreement.
All Countries Require Authentication of Documents Canada
Here are some of the countries who use the Apostille process and may specifically ask you to get one for your Canadian document. These countries include Albania, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. It’s important to remember that if you have been asked to get an Apostille for your Canadian document the two steps of authentication and legalization must be completed in order for it to be accepted as the equivalent in one of the countries I just mentioned. Now that we have covered what an Apostille is and who uses them, let’s talk about the authentication of documents in Canada the first step in having your Canadian document accepted internationally.