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:
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.
Read the instructions related to the document(s) that you want to authenticate:
Complete list of documents that can be authenticated
Print and complete the request form.
New version of the request form - Adobe Reader 8 or higher
Fillable Request for Authentication form
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
- No appointment necessary
- Underground public parking is available for a fee
Hours of operation
- Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. until noon, and between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- The office is closed Fridays, weekends, civic and statutory holidays
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.
- 16-30 documents will take 24 hours to process
- 31-50 documents will take 48 business hours to process
- 51-100 documents will take 72 business hours to process
- 101+ will take up to 5 business days
We will not process your documents faster for any reason. There are no exceptions.
For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Authentication in person
- Authentication by mail or courier
- If you are outside Canada
- Your document can be declined authentication
- Urgent requests
- Check the status of your request
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