Apostille Canadian Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate Apostille or Authentication Legalization 

As of January 11 2024, Canada has joined the Hague Apostille Convention. For a Canadian Birth Certificate to be officially recognized in countries that are signatories to the Convention, it now requires only an apostille. This simplification streamlines the process significantly for use in these countries. However, for countries not part of the Convention, the traditional process of authentication followed by legalization at the embassy of the foreign country where it will be used, remains necessary.

Our team, with 30 years of experience, continues to assist individuals in both processes: obtaining an apostille for countries under the Hague Apostille Convention, and the authentication and legalization (equivalent to an apostille in non-signatory countries) for others. This service is essential for various purposes, including visa applications, immigration, marriage, birth registration in foreign countries, and employment abroad.

Why You May Need It

Apostilling, authenticating, and legalizing a Canadian birth certificate are important steps in international document verification. These processes ensure that a document issued in one country is recognized as valid and official in another. Here are some reasons why you might need to have your Canadian birth certificate apostilled, authenticated, and legalized:

  1. Working Abroad: If you are planning to work in a foreign country, employers may require an apostilled or authenticated birth certificate to verify your identity and nationality.
  2. Studying Overseas: Many international educational institutions require authenticated documentation for enrollment. This includes birth certificates, especially for programs that have age restrictions or need to verify your date of birth.
  3. Marriage in a Foreign Country: If you plan to get married abroad, the local authorities might require an apostilled or authenticated birth certificate to process marriage documents.
  4. Immigration Purposes: When applying for residency or citizenship in another country, a legalized birth certificate is often a necessary part of the application process to establish your identity and nationality.
  5. Legal Matters: For international legal cases, such as inheritance or custody disputes, an authenticated birth certificate might be required to establish relationships and nationalities.
  6. Business Transactions: For certain international business transactions or when establishing business operations overseas, company representatives may need to provide authenticated personal documents, including birth certificates.
  7. Adoption Processes: In international adoption processes, authenticated birth certificates of the adoptive parents are usually required as part of the dossier.
  8. Dual Citizenship: If you are applying for dual citizenship, many countries require an apostilled or authenticated birth certificate from your country of origin.
  9. Consular Needs: Sometimes, for dealings with a foreign consulate or embassy (like visa applications), you may need to present an apostilled or authenticated birth certificate.
  10. Driver’s License or ID Applications Abroad: Some countries require an apostilled or authenticated birth certificate for issuing a driver's license or national ID to foreign nationals.

How do I get an Apostille for a Canadian Birth Certificate?

The process of apostille, authentication, and legalization essentially verifies the legitimacy of the document for international use, ensuring it is recognized in countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention or have bilateral agreements with Canada. Each country has its own requirements and procedures, so it's important to understand the specific needs of the country where you intend to use the document.

Make Sure You Have the Right Birth Certificate for the Process

It is vital to have the right type and size of Birth Certificate. Visit our Document Resources page for details on ordering a new birth certificate from provincial government vital statistics departments. Some departments provide direct delivery to our office for expedited processing.

Choosing the Correct Government Service for You

The other crucial step is choosing the correct process for the apostille or authentication of your Canadian Birth Certificate to ensure its validated correctly for international use. This step can be confusing as it depends on what province it was issued in as it could be Global Affairs Canada or one of the designated provincial authorities.

Global Affairs Canada Apostille or Authentication Services

Global Affairs Canada is responsible for the apostille or authentication of Birth Certificates issued in specific provinces and territories. It is important to note that Birth Certificates from these provinces should be processed by Global Affairs Canada.

Provincial Apostille or Authentication Services

Certain Provincial Competent Authorities will be responsible for the apostille or authentication of birth certificates issued in their respective regions. These include Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec (subject to government approvals) and Saskatchewan. Although there are exceptions to the rule if the document is a notarized copy or upon other factors which is another great reason to hire a professional service, so you get it right the first time.

Birth Certificate Authentication and Legalization for Non-Apostille Countries

Step 1: Authentication

The first step of authentication takes place at the respective competent authority. They will verify the certificate style, live birth registration, and the new type of Birth Certificate on polymer paper. However, the wallet-sized birth certificate cannot be authenticated as it is too small. In this case, you must order a new larger Birth Certificate from the provincial vital statistics department. Our team will help you determine if you have the correct type of Birth Certificate for authentication.

It is advisable to start the authentication process at Global Affairs Canada as soon as possible, as the wait time is longer than ever before. You can check the current processing time for Global Affairs Authentication here.

Step 2: Legalization

The second step of legalization takes place at the embassy or consulate of the foreign country, where a fee is charged for document legalization services. Our document legalization services will ensure that your birth certificate meets all requirements and is legalized correctly and efficiently, and we can return it to you or anywhere in the world it needs to go.

How Does Using Global Document Solutions Services Benefit You?

Utilizing a professional service for the apostille or authentication of birth certificates offers significant advantages. Professionals are well-versed in the intricacies of these processes, ensuring that your documents comply with all legal requirements. This reduces the risk of errors and delays, which can be crucial for time-sensitive matters. When these tasks are not handled by experts, there's a higher likelihood of mistakes such as improper documentation or missing critical steps, leading to prolonged processing times or outright rejection. In the realm of official documentation, accuracy and adherence to protocols are paramount, and professional services provide the expertise and peace of mind that these aspects are thoroughly managed. Talk to one of our experts today!


The simple answer is Yes as of January 11, 2024. To make sure the process is done correctly depends on where it was issued.

The countries that will request that you get an Apostille include:


  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan


  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Bulgaria
  • Burundi


  • Cabo Verde
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Cook Islands
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic


  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic


  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Eswatini


  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France


  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana


  • Honduras
  • Hong Kong
  • Hungary


  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy


  • Jamaica
  • Japan


  • Kazakhstan
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan


  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg


  • Macau
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco


  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia
  • Norway


  • Oman


  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal


  • Romania
  • Russian Federation


  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • São Tomé and Principe
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • South Korea (Republic of Korea)
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


  • Tajikistan
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey


  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan


  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

List of Countries you will need to use the Authentication and Legalization Process for a Canadian Document

For your reference, we have provided a list of countries that have not ratified the Apostille Convention. It is your responsibility to verify the accuracy of this information.

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Kuwait
  • Lao
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda*
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Tanzania
  • Viet Nam
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

* The Apostille Convention will come into effect in Rwanda on June 5, 2024.

There are many different styles of Birth Certificates in Canada. The most common are a credit card sized Birth Certificate, a polymer or half a letter-sized Birth Certificate either with parents’ information (long form) or without parents’ information (short form), and the longest available form which can be called a Statement of Birth, Registration of Birth, Extract of Birth or Copy of an Act of Birth depending on which Provincial or Territorial Vital Statistics Department you are requesting to issue the document. Global Affairs Canada or the Provincial Authorities can apostille or authenticate all different versions, except for the credit card sized Birth Certificate, since it is too small for the stamps and signatures of both Global Affairs Canada and the foreign Embassy to be affixed to the document.

When it comes to the Legalization of the Birth Certificate, some embassies can only legalize the longest available form Birth Certificate being the Statement of Birth, Registration of Birth, Extract of Birth, or Copy of an Act of Birth especially when it comes to immigration related matters such as applying for a visa, residency or citizenship in a foreign country. In other cases, where the Embassy can legalize all different types of Birth Certificates which type Global Affairs Canada or the Province can authenticate, is dependent on the purpose of the legalization, the longest available form might also be required in the destination country. It is always best to confirm in advance with the requesting party in the foreign country or with the Embassy Consulate of the foreign country in Canada which type of Birth Certificate you need to have apostilled, authenticated and legalized. If you are not sure how to proceed, contact one of the friendly Global Document Solutions experts via phone or simply request more information.


No, as per the Global Affairs Canada rules and regulations, only an original Birth Certificate issued by a Canadian Provincial Vital Statistics Department can be apostilled or authenticated. A notarized or certified copy made by a Canadian Notary Public cannot be apostilled or authenticated.

Additional Document Authentication and Legalization Requirements for Foreign Use

Depending on the purpose of your Birth Certificate in a foreign country, it may be necessary to apostille or authenticate and legalize additional documents such as Marriage Certificates, Divorce Certificates, Police Checks, University Degrees, and more. To ensure compliance with the requirements of the requesting party, it is essential to confirm which additional documents are needed alongside your Birth Certificate. This can be done by directly contacting the requesting party, particularly if it is an Embassy Consulate in Canada.

Confirming Additional Document Requirements

To determine the specific additional documents needed alongside your Birth Certificate, it is important to reach out to the requesting party in the foreign country. They will provide you with the necessary information and guidelines regarding the documents required for your particular purpose. If the requesting party is an Embassy Consulate located in Canada, you should contact them directly to confirm which additional documents are necessary for authentication and legalization.

Embassy Consulate Requirements

Embassy Consulates often have specific document requirements for authentication and legalization purposes. It is crucial to contact them directly to obtain accurate information about the additional documents they will require. By reaching out to the Embassy Consulate, you can ensure that you gather all the necessary documents to meet their specific requirements, in addition to your Birth Certificate.

Global Document Solutions Expert Assistance

At Global Document Solutions, our experts are well-versed in the document apostille, authentication and legalization processes. We can provide valuable guidance on the general requirements for different types of documents and jurisdictions. However, it is important to note that specific requirements may vary, and it is best to directly confirm with the requesting party or Embassy Consulate for precise information on the additional documents needed.

Conclusion Trust The Experts @ Global Document Solutions

When using your Birth Certificate in a foreign country, it is crucial to be aware of the potential need for additional document authentication and legalization. To determine the specific requirements, contact the requesting party directly, especially if it is an Embassy Consulate. They will inform you about the additional documents necessary for authentication and legalization. Global Document Solutions experts can offer general guidance, but it is important to confirm with the relevant authorities to ensure compliance with their specific requirements. By gathering all the required documents, you can ensure a smooth apostille, authentication and legalization process for your international purposes.

Expert Assistance for International Use of Canadian Birth Certificates

When it comes to preparing your Canadian Birth Certificate for international use, Global Document Solutions stands as Canada's trusted experts. With 30 years of experience and up-to-date knowledge of the rules and regulations set by Global Affairs Canada and the Embassy, we are well-equipped to guide you through the process. Our goal is to ensure that your Birth Certificate is accepted internationally, and we strive to provide quick and efficient document processing services. Allow us to be your trusted partners and benefit from our expertise.

Guidance at Every Step

Global Document Solutions understands that navigating the requirements and procedures for international acceptance of your Birth Certificate can be complex. That's why we are here to provide you with expert guidance at every step of the process. From ensuring the completeness and accuracy of your documentation to complying with the necessary regulations, we will assist you throughout the journey.

Up-to-the-Minute Document Status Tracking

We value transparency and strive to keep you informed about the progress of your documents. With our Online Status Tracker, you can receive up-to-the-minute updates on the status of your Birth Certificate. This feature allows you to stay informed and have peace of mind, knowing exactly where your documents stand in the processing pipeline.

Efficient Document Processing

At Global Document Solutions, we understand the importance of time, and our streamlined approach is designed to process your documents promptly. Our team of experts utilizes their extensive knowledge to ensure efficient document processing, minimizing delays and helping you meet your deadlines. Trust in our expertise and let us handle the complexities, allowing you to focus on other important matters.

International Acceptance of Your Birth Certificate

Our ultimate goal is to ensure that your Birth Certificate is accepted internationally. By leveraging our years of experience and staying updated on the latest regulations, we are equipped to provide the necessary assistance to meet the requirements of different jurisdictions. Let us put our expertise to work for you, ensuring that your Birth Certificate holds the validity you need for international use.

Conclusion Trust The Experts @ Global Document Solutions

When it comes to preparing your Canadian Birth Certificate for international use, Global Document Solutions offers expert assistance and a wealth of experience. With our up-to-date knowledge of regulations, efficient document processing, and comprehensive guidance, we are your trusted partners in making sure your Birth Certificate is accepted internationally. Trust the experts at Global Document Solutionsto navigate the complexities and provide you with the highest level of service, helping you achieve your international document objectives.

If you have never ordered a Birth Certificate, you have misplaced or lost your Birth Certificate, the original you have is damaged, or the document was issued a long time ago, you can order a new or a replacement Birth Certificate from the Provincial Vital Statistics Department in the province where the birth took place. You can find links to the various vital statistics departments in our document resources page.

Most Vital Statistics Departments have an option to have the Birth Certificate sent directly to a third party such as Global Document Solutions. Once you have been in contact with one of our agents regarding your request and confirmed how you want to proceed, we will provide you with our mailing address where the Birth Certificate can be sent. A few Vital Statistics Departments, such as the Quebec État Civil, do not allow your Birth Certificate to be sent directly to a third party. In this case the Birth Certificate will need to be delivered to you first, then you can send it to us for Authentication and Legalization.

A Canadian Birth Certificate is initially only valid for use in Canada therefore a foreign country will not accept a Canadian Birth Certificate. To make the Birth Certificate valid for use in a foreign country, it will first need to go through the process of Apostille or Authentication and then Legalization at the Embassy Consulate of the country in which the document will be used. In both steps the authenticity of the foregoing signature is verified, effectively making the document valid for use in that foreign country. Some countries might ask you to get your Birth Certificate Apostilled since that is the process used in that foreign country. Since Canada is now a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention, the original two-step process of Birth Certificate Authentication and Legalization is not required for those countries and we can help you get an Apostille.