Authentication and Legalization

 

Save time and hassle with Downtown Notary's one-stop shop for authentication and legalization. We can provide you with all three steps - notarization, authentication and legalization - quickly and easily. There's no need to make multiple appointments for each service - we can do it all for you!

What does “authentication and legalization” mean?

Authentication and legalization are the processes required to make documents notarized in Canada valid for use outside of Canada. This is the equivalent to apostille, which is not performed in Canada.

Authentication: When a document is authenticated, Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa or Official Document Services in Toronto verifies the notary's stamp and signature and issues a certificate of authenticity.

Legalization: When a document is legalized, the consulate or embassy of the country in which the document is to be used verifies the certificate of authenticity of Global Affairs Canada or Official Document Services.

How does it work?

 

Step 1: Notarization

Mail your documents to us if you are outside of Toronto or Ottawa.

Meet with one of our professional notaries if you are in Toronto or Ottawa.

Price:

  • $35 for the first notarization (notary’s stamp and signature)

  • $17.50 for each additional notarization

Step 2: Authentication

The notary takes your documents to Global Affairs Canada or Official Document Services to have the documents authenticated.

Price:

  • Official Document Services: $111.00 for the first document; $25 for each additional document

  • Global Affairs Canada: $125 for the first document; $25 for each additional document

Step 3: Legalization

The notary takes your authenticated documents to the embassy or consulate for legalization.

Price:

  • Group A consulates and embassies: $113 for the first document and $25 for each additional document, plus any applicable consulate / embassy fees

    • Includes Mexico, Colombia, Germany, France, Greece, Ecuador and South Korea

  • Group B consulates and embassies: $150 for the first document and $25 for each additional document, plus any applicable consulate / embassy fees Includes Israel, Dominican

Republic, Brazil and Taiwan

o   Group C consulates and

embassies: $180 for the first document and $25 for each additional document,

plus any applicable consulate / embassy fees

§  Includes Uruguay, Panama,

Spain, Philippines, China, Argentina, Ukraine and the United States

o   Don’t see a country

listed? We can still help! Contact us using the form at the bottom of this page

or emailing us at info@downtown-notary.ca.