An official Canadian birth certificate needs to be legalized for use outside of Canada. This process is called authentication and legalization in Canada. Other countries may refer to this same process as birth certificate apostille or birth certificate attestation. Regardless of what the process is called it basically means making the document legally effective for use in the destination country.
The process of birth certificate authentication and legalization starts with making sure the certificate is of the correct type. Next, it has to be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada and legalized in the embassy or consulate of a target country. See our FAQ section below for more information on the birth certificate apostille, authentication, and legalization.
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We assist with a range of activities pertaining to birth certificate authentication & legalization, also known as apostille or document attestation. Our services include document notarization, obtaining certified true copies and getting supporting documents or certified translations.
Birth certificate authentication (a.k.a apostille or attestation) is performed by Global Affairs Canada to certify the validity of the signature, the authority of the signature and identify the stamp or seal on the birth certificate.
To have an apostilled or authenticated birth certificate officially recognized in another country, you need to go through the process of document legalization which involves submitting documents at the appropriate embassy or consulate. Leverage our expertise to have it done in an accurate and timely manner.
The following are answers to the most common questions we get about birth certificate authentication and legalization in Canada.
The original long-form document (in polymer finish) and a certified copy of the original can be authenticated. The original pocket-sized birth certificate and a copy of the original long-form document need a copy certified as a true copy by a Canadian notary public to be accepted for authentication.
If your birth certificate is not the correct type or you need to order a new birth certificate it can easily be ordered from the provincial government vital statistics departments. The list of the departments can be found here.
Here at DAC, our document authentication and legalization services start at C$90 per document. Bulk order discounts and faster processing prices are also available.
If any of the documents do not meet the proper form, miss supporting documents or otherwise fail to meet the requirements, your documents may be declined authentication and/or legalization. In this case, the processing time will take longer subject to you having to resupply the documents in full compliance.
Document Authentication Canada thoroughly checks the requirements for each specific case to make sure you don't pay double. We also deliver your documents to both Global Affairs Canada and your Embassy in Ottawa in person which greatly speeds up the process. See our service packages for further details.
We pride ourselves on offering the best service in Document Apostille, Document Attestation, Document Authentication and Document Legalization.
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