Apostille of a Document: Authentication and Legalization Services, Canada

Managing all aspects of document authentication and legalization services in Canada is known as apostille of a document. An Apostille stamp issues a certificate whereby a document can be used abroad. The Apostille procedure is meant to eliminate doubts in foreign countries with a 2-step procedure:

  • Authentication: by government agencies that have records of notaries public
  • Legalization: by the foreign consulate / embassy of the country where the document is to be used.

Many countries like to combine the above 2 steps into a single process known as Apostille. But in Canada for public documents to be recognized in foreign countries, the above traditional 2-step certification method is still employed.

“Authentication” removes the burden on foreign courts and authorities, by validating documents that originate outside their countries. Authentication is carried out by the DFAIT (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade). At Notarizers, we will assist you with the entire authentication process. Below are the required steps:

Step 1: Notarization process requires the notary to either witness you sign a document or to compare your original document with a photocopy. A notarial certificate is issued by placing a seal and signature on the photocopy verifying it to be true. The next step is to authenticate the document.

Step 2: Authentication process verifies the legal authority and registration of the notary public/commissioner of oaths that notarized or commissioned your documents. Submit your documents and your identifications to Notarizers, we will obtain the stamp and seal of DFAIT. The final step is to make the document legal.

Step 3: Legalization is done by a foreign consulate or an embassy. Notarizers will also take care of this for you.

Notarizers provides the above services for a fee. If you need notarizaton, authentication and legalization services Canada, you can contact experts, Notarizers for this service for a free consultation on 416-782-5926, or Toll Free: 1-888-672-7266.