In-person authentication service

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.

Before you start

Make sure you have everything you need. Check the requirements by contacting your destination country embassy or consulate in Canada:

Outside Canada

Canadian embassies, high commissions and consulates in foreign countries may not be able to authenticate Canadian documents. Also, foreign authorities may not accept documents that have not been legalized by their embassy or consulate in Canada.

Check with the nearest Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate to see if they can authenticate your documents.

If the Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate is not able to authenticate your documents, you can send your documents to our mail-in service.

In Canada

Step 1

Read the instructions related to the document(s) that you want to authenticate:

Complete list of documents that can be authenticated

Step 2

Print and complete the request form.

New version of the request form - Adobe Reader 8 or higher

Fillable Request for Authentication form

Step 3

Bring your completed request form and documents to our offices at the following address:

Global Affairs Canada

JLAC- Authentication Services Section
1st floor (Look for the signs: “JLAC- Authentication Services Section”)
111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 1J1

Hours of operation

Processing times

If the signature on the documents cannot be verified immediately, you will be advised to return to pick up your documents.

We can process up to 15 documents while you wait. If you have more than 15 documents, you must leave them with us and we will contact you when they are ready to be picked up. This could take up to five business days, depending on how many documents you need authenticated.

We will not process your documents faster for any reason. There are no exceptions.

Contact us

For additional information, please contact docs@international.gc.ca.

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