Authentication of documents to get married abroad
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.
Complete list of documents that can be authenticated
If you are already outside Canada, please see Marriage overseas.
Before you start
Make sure you have everything you need. Check the requirements by contacting your destination country embassy or consulate in Canada:
1. Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad
Contact the embassy, high commission or consulate of the country where you intend to get married to verify its requirements.
Canada does not issue “Certificates of Non-Impediment to Marriage”. However, we can prepare a “Statement in lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad.” “In lieu of” means “instead of”.
Some countries require the Statement In lieu of Certificate of Non-impediment to Marriage Abroad to be issued in Canada, before you travel, and will not accept a document issued by a Canadian embassy, high commission or consulate abroad.
2.How to get a Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad
Gather the following documents:
- You must provide a statutory declaration stating your:
- full name
- present marital status
- permanent address in Canada
P.O boxes are not accepted as a permanent address. Statutory declarations have to be notarized or certified
- You must also submit additional documents, depending on the situation(s) applicable to you.
You must submit an original or certified true copy of the death certificate of your deceased spouse
You must submit an original or certified true copy of the divorce certificate, order or judgment
- Born in Canada
You must submit your original or appropriately certified true copy of a birth certificate or passport.
- Born abroad
You must submit originals or certified true copies of your Canadian citizenship or permanent resident card and Record of Landing form. If you have lost your Record of Landing form, you must mention this in the statutory declaration of marital status.
You must specifically request the Statement in Lieu of Certificate of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad by completing the appropriate section on the authentication request form.
3. Submit request
In person in Ottawa
By mail or courier
- 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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