Authentication of documents: Check the status of your request to authenticate documents

Authenticating a document is free. It proves that the signature, the position of an official and the seal on a certified document are genuine. Other jurisdictions or countries will recognize your authenticated document as a valid copy.

Authentication is also called legalization or apostille.

The purpose of this form is to request a follow-up on a previous authentication request. If you need to submit a new authentication request, please follow the instructions specific to your document type:

Complete list of documents that can be authenticated

Please note that documents sent by regular mail or from overseas may take significantly longer to receive.

If you are in Canada and have not received your documents after 25 business days ago (which is approximately 5 weeks) after submitting them, you may proceed to fill out the form below to request an update on the status of your documents. If you submitted your document from abroad, the wait time to request a status update is 30 business days (which is approximately 6 weeks).

In order for us to better assist you in locating your documents, please respond to the five questions below.

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