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(International Document Legalization)




Authentication and Legalization of Documents in BC (Apostille Services)


Doing life or business “between countries” can become a complicated, frustrating process. We are one of the few Notaries with extensive experience navigating the systems of multiple countries and consulates. Let us save you time and money with a simpler, more effective approach to jumping through bureaucratic hoops.

What is an Apostille?

It is the internationally accepted way of providing a guarantee regarding the authenticity of a document. Under The Hague Convention, apostille refers to a special certificate added to the end of the document; thus, making it immediately authenticated and ready for use in the other country that signed the Convention. Due to the fact that Canada did not sign the Convention, we must follow a process sometimes known as “chain authentication” or two steps process – a line-up of officials that in turn verifies the document before it can be recognized by the other country.

What is Authentication & Legalization?


Is when a Notary attests documents for use in a foreign jurisdiction; the signature and office of the Notary must be authenticated before the document will be accepted. The Secretary of the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia authenticates the genuineness of the Notary’s signature and office in a prescribed manner. This is the first of the two-step process of Authentication and Legalization of a document.


Happens when the duly authenticated document is finally presented to the Consulate of the relevant jurisdiction for certification – confirmation that the correct procedure was followed in our province and/or country. Only then will the document be ready and valid for use in that jurisdiction.

Apostille vs. Authentication & Legalization what is the difference?

Documents notarized by notaries in Canada for use in other countries must go through an “authentication” and “legalization” process. This process of authentication is the Canadian equivalent of the “apostille certificates” process used in countries that are signatories to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (1961). As Canada did not sign this convention, notaries in Canada cannot provide “apostille certificates”.

The authentication and legalization process in Canada, is the equivalent to ‘Apostille’ in other countries, and must be followed in order for a document to be accepted as the equivalent to an Apostille.

We often assist our clients legalize their document in the following areas:


Identification documentation

Certified true copies of original documents

Commercial documents

Corporate documentation

Birth Certificates for legal weddings in foreign jurisdictions

Death Certificates for Probate in foreign jurisdictions

Diplomas, degrees, and academic transcripts

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