Death Certificate Authentication Legalization or Death Certificate Apostille
A Canadian Death Certificate must be authenticated and legalized to be recognized as valid in another country. The process is also known as Death Certificate Apostille or Attestation. The authentication process can be easily completed with us.
Reasons to Authenticate and Legalize a Death Certificate
A Death Certificate may need to be authenticated and legalized for various reasons, such as registering a death abroad, closing a bank account, or resolving estate matters. Regardless of the reason, we are here to help. We have been assisting with the authentication and legalization of Death Certificates for 30 years for countries like the USA, Russia, Colombia, the UAE, and China.
Official Death Certificate for Authentication and Legalization
It's important to ensure you have the correct style of Death Certificate that Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services can authenticate and that the embassy can legalize. A Funeral Director's Certificate issued by a funeral home, even if signed by a notary, cannot be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada. Please refer to our Global Affairs Canada Authentication Requirements for more information.
How the Process Works
Our services ensure your document is correct to prevent delays. Both authentication and legalization must be completed for a Death Certificate to be recognized as an Apostille in a country that has signed the Hague Convention. The first step of authentication takes place at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.
Ordering a Death Certificate for Authentication and Legalization If you don't have the correct style of Death Certificate, you can easily order one from the provincial government vital statistics departments listed on our Document Resources page. It's also possible to have the certificate delivered directly to our office, which can speed up the authentication and legalization process.
Step 1: Global Affairs Canada Authentication
The Death Certificate must be issued by a provincial government vital statistics office where the death took place to be accepted by Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services. It can be the certificate-sized version or the long form certified copy of the death registration, both of which are certified true originals from the provincial Vital Statistics department.
It's important to start the authentication process as soon as possible, as processing times are longer than ever at Global Affairs Canada. You can find out their current processing time here.
Step 2: Legalization – Attestation at the Embassy Consulate
The second step of legalization takes place at the embassy consulate of the country where the Death Certificate will be used. Most embassy consulates are located in Ottawa and charge a fee for their legalization services. Our document legalization services will ensure the process is done correctly and meets your timeline. After authentication and legalization, we can return the Death Certificate to you or anywhere in the world using one of our document shipping solutions or your preferred delivery method.
Other Documents Requiring Authentication and Legalization
If you need to authenticate and legalize a Death Certificate, you may also need to authenticate and legalize other documents such as a Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Will, or Power of Attorney. We can help authenticate and legalize these and other documents. Contact one of our friendly agents for assistance.