Authentication of documents: 5. After you send your document
Our processing times are higher than normal. Before submitting your request to the Authentication Services Section at Global Affairs Canada, we recommend you explore the options listed in Alternatives to authentication by the Authentication Services Section at Global Affairs Canada
We do not offer in-person service. All requests must be submitted following the instructions on step 4 . For information about our service and instructions on submitting your request, please read steps 1, 2, 3, 4. If you have further questions, please consult our Frequently Asked Questions.
Our service is offered free of charge. For information on estimated processing times, see Processing times.
Check the status of your request
If you are in Canada and have not received your documents back from our office after 25 business days (which is approximately 5 weeks), you can fill out the Authentication of Documents Status Request Form to seek an update on the status of your request. If you submitted your document from abroad, the wait time to request a status update is 30 business days (which is approximately 6 weeks).
If you have asked us to forward your documents to an embassy, high commission or consulate, please check the status of your documents with them first.
Please note that we do not offer expedited services. If you have urgent circumstances, please check the information found under Processing times.
Related services and information
- Alternatives to authentication by the Authentication Services Section at Global Affairs Canada
- Getting married outside Canada
- Statement in lieu of certificate of non-impediment to marriage abroad
- Check the status of your request
- Reasons we cannot authenticate your document
- If you are outside Canada
- Frequently asked questions
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