Send documents by mail or courier for their authentication

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:

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

Enclose the form, the documents to be authenticated and a self-addressed stamped envelope or a prepaid courier shipping label.

Courier waybills with account numbers are not accepted.

Send your documents to:

Global Affairs Canada
Authentication Services Section (JLAC)
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON Canada K1A 0G2

Step 4

Check the status of your request

Current processing time is 15 working days from the time your documents are received. After that time you can check on your document’s status.

Step 5

If you must send your documents to an embassy, high commission or consulate

Sending your documents to an embassy, high commission or consulate page

Processing times and mail in applications

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