Urgent requests to authenticate documents

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

Before you start

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

The fastest way to have your documents processed is to bring them in person to our Ottawa based walk-in-service. You may consider asking a friend or relative to bring your documents for you.

You may also hire a private service provider, such as an authentication and legalization service or process server in the Ottawa-Gatineau area, to bring your documents to the walk-in service for you.

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