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 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

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