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How to Notarize a Foreign Document in Canada?

by | Jan 26, 2023 | Document Notarization

Authenticating and legalizing foreign documents can be complex, particularly for those unfamiliar with the steps involved. However, with the assistance of Zancope Notary, the process will be simple and efficient.

The process of notarizing a foreign document in Canada involves three steps: (1) notarization, (2) authentication, and (3) legalization.


The first step is to have the document notarized by a Canadian notary. The notarization process involves verifying the identity of document signatories and confirming that they have signed the document voluntarily and without duress. The notary will affix their seal and signature to the document, indicating that it has been notarized.


This step is done by a government agency and there are two possible ones for BC documents. Zancope will find with the consulate where you need to use the documents what is the best one for your case and work with them accordingly.


The final step is to have the document legalized by the foreign country. The legalization process involves submitting the authenticated document to the appropriate consulate or embassy, along with the required fee and documentation. The consulate or embassy will then verify that the document has been properly authenticated, and affix their seal and signature to the document, indicating that it is legal.

Get Your Foreign Document Notarized Today

By following the three-step notarization, authentication, and legalization process, you can validate foreign documents within Canada. To get started, visit Zancope Notary today.

Our team of experts can guide you through notarization, authentication, and legalization, ensuring that your documents are valid for international use.

At Zancope Notary Public, our specialties are Wills and Estate Planning documents (Representation Agreement and Power of Attorney) and real estate. We are a full-service firm. We also offer real estate services for clients in Langley and throughout Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. We can help you with buying, selling, and refinancing real estate, and provide family property transfers and independent legal advice.

If you have any questions about this article or estate planning, in general, or if you want to make an appointment with Zancope Notary Public, please contact us at (604) 260-6783.


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