Canadian Police Criminal Record Check Authentication & Legalization or Apostille
If you are looking to use a Canadian Police Check outside of the country, it is important to understand that the certificate must first be Authenticated and Legalized before it will be recognized as a valid document. The validation process, also known as Police Check Apostille or Attestation in other countries, is essential for a range of purposes, such as obtaining a new job, immigrating, or studying or teaching abroad.
At our company, we have been providing professional and reliable assistance with Authenticating and Legalizing Canadian police checks for 30 years. Our experience extends to countries such as the Netherlands, Panama, and Spain (where it is known as Police Check Apostille), and the UAE, Kuwait, and Qatar (where it is known as Police Check Attestation).
How to order a Canadian Police Check for Authentication and Legalization
To order a Canadian Police Check for Authentication and Legalization, it is crucial to ensure that you have the correct type of police check for the specific purpose and country in which it will be used. This will ensure a successful authentication process at Global Affairs Canada and legalization process at the relevant embassy or consulate.
If you are currently outside of Canada and require an RCMP criminal record check, we can help. The trusted fingerprinting agency we work with can assist you from anywhere in the world, and the results can be sent directly to our office to expedite the process. If you are in Canada, you can easily search for a local digital fingerprinting service and request that the results be sent directly to us.
In some cases, you may need to obtain a criminal record check from another country where you previously worked or lived. In these situations, you will need to provide original fingerprints on the correct form to the foreign agency. To ensure that Global Affairs Canada can authenticate the document, the notary must sign the original.
Step 1: Global Affairs Canada Authentication
The first step in the process is authentication at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. If your police check was issued by the RCMP Headquarters located in Ottawa, it will not require notarization. However, if your police check was issued by a local or provincial police force, it will need to be signed by a Notary before it can be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada. Our company also offers Notary Services to help with this step.
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 the process is legalization at the relevant embassy or consulate in the country where the police check will be used. Most embassy consulates are located in Ottawa and charge a fee for document legalization services. However, processing times and requirements can vary and change frequently. Our legalization services will handle all aspects of the process, ensuring that everything is done correctly and in line with your timeline. After your police check has been Authenticated and Legalized, we can return it to you or send it to any location in the world using one of our document shipping solutions or your preferred delivery method..
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