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Are you looking for an easy and free way to authenticate international documents for use in Canada? Look no further! Global Affairs Canada (formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs), in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada provides a free authentication service to certify documents for use in Canada. With offices in London providing legalization services, you can easily make sure that your international documents are ready for use in Canada. Read on to find out more about this free authentication service from Global Affairs Canada.

What is document authentication?

Document authentication is the process of verifying the identity of documents for use in international situations. Document authentication is also referred to as ‘legalization’ or ‘apostille’. The Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Section (JLAC) offers free authentication services for Canadian documents to be used internationally. 

Document authentication can be necessary for a variety of reasons, such as academic admission, marriage abroad, work visas, international business contracts, and more. Documents that can be authenticated include legal documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, educational documents, corporate documents, and notarized documents. 

International Documents Canada provides an easy and cost-effective way to authenticate your documents. We offer a wide range of legalization services to meet the needs of our clients. We can also provide advice and guidance on how to authenticate your documents with Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Contact. 

With International Documents Canada, you can rest assured knowing that your documents are secure and have been authenticated according to international standards. Our team of experts will work with you every step of the way to ensure that your document authentication process is smooth and efficient. Contact us today for more information about our legalization services!

What types of documents can be authenticated?

At Global Affairs Canada, they offer a wide range of services to authenticate documents. This includes government-issued documents such as birth, marriage and death certificates, diplomas, transcripts and other documents that require authentication for international use. Authentication also applies to documents from educational institutions, notaries, courts and other government offices. Global Affairs Canada authentication services are needed for documents to be used in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention on the Legalization of Foreign Documents, commonly referred to as an “apostille.” Documents must be authenticated if they are going to be used in countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention, such as China, Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Authentication by Global Affairs Canada will make these documents legally valid in those countries. 

About Authentication Services

To learn more about authentication services, please contact Global Affairs Canada (formerly known as the Department of Foreign Affairs) directly. They can provide information on the types of documents that require authentication and legalization services that London and other countries may require. They can also provide specific instructions on how to send your documents to them for authentication.

How to authenticate a document

Authenticating a document is the process of proving that a document is genuine and has been legally issued. To be authenticated, documents need to be verified by the Authentication Section (JLAC) of Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This service is free of charge.

The first step in authenticating a document is to get it notarized. A Notary Public must witness your signature and stamp the document with their seal. This can usually be done at a law firm or other legal service provider such as a lawyer, or through a Legalization Services London office.  Once you have the notarized document, it will need to be certified by the province in which it was signed, often called apostille services

Apostille or Legalization Service Milton Keynes

In some cases, documents will require additional authentication in the form of an Apostille or Legalization Service Milton Keynes. An Apostille is a certificate issued by an authorized public official certifying the authenticity of a document. To get an Apostille, you will need to contact the issuing authority (i.e. a government department or court) in your home country and request that they issue an Apostille in accordance with the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. The Apostille is then used to verify the document at Global Affairs Canada before it can be authenticated. 

Once all of these steps have been completed, the document is ready for authentication at Global Affairs Canada. You will need to submit an application form and provide copies of both sides of the document, along with a copy of any applicable payment receipts. It is important to note that Global Affairs Canada does not accept cash payments for authentication services. 

Finally, it is important to remember that once a document has been authenticated, it needs to be legalized for use in international settings. Legalization involves further verifying that an authenticated document has been properly issued by a foreign authority and carries legal weight in its intended country of use.


The authentication section of Global Affairs Canada (GAC) offers a free authentication service to authenticate Canadian documents for use abroad. However, an additional fee may be required if the destination country requires an apostille, a document that certifies the authenticity of the authentication itself.

Apostilles can be obtained through a number of channels, such as the Global Affairs Canada Authentication Services Contact in Ottawa, Ontario, or a Legalization Service in Milton Keynes, England. Prices for apostilles vary depending on the agency providing the service and the number of documents that require authentication. Be sure to inquire about pricing before submitting your document for authentication.

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