Navigating the Process of Authentication and Legalization of International Documents in Canada

As a leading provider of international document services in Canada, Global Document Solutions has a deep understanding and connection with the legal professionals we serve. Our mission is to provide the highest quality support so that you and your clients have the answers you need, when you need them.

For those who are new to the process of Authentication and Legalization, this two-step process is used to validate documents for use in a foreign country. The first step is authentication at Global Affairs Canada, and the second is legalization at the embassy of the country where the document will be used. In some cases, additional provincial authentication may be required, and jurisdiction rules may apply, but we will help you navigate these details and ensure that everything is taken care of.

Before getting started, it is important to ensure that your client has all of the correct documents required for the specific process in the foreign country. These requirements will come from the requesting party, such as in-country legal counsel, government officials, or an international party with whom your client is doing business.

In the first step of authentication at Global Affairs Canada, the process will vary based on the type of document being presented. Some Canadian documents have official signatures that allow for easy authentication, while others may require additional attention, such as notarization or certified true copies. If the document is not in one of Canada's official languages (English or French) or includes a foreign language, we offer translation services to ensure a smooth process. By using our authentication service, you can save valuable  business days of processing time, getting you to the next stage faster.

The second step of legalization at the embassy or consulate can be the most challenging part of the process. Rules can change unexpectedly, and additional requirements may be requested, depending on the document and its intended use. But with our extensive experience working with the diplomatic community, we are well-positioned to help your clients' sensitive documents be processed efficiently and effectively.

Getting started with Global Document Solutions is easy. Simply call us at 1-800-336-1132 or request a quote online, and one of our experts will respond with all of the information you need, including estimated processing times and fees.