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Document Authentication and Legalization of a Notary Public Seal and Signature
Often foreign governments and agencies around the world will not accept your notarized documents or contracts until they are properly authenticated by the Canadian Government Authority in respect to the actual authority of the person who claims to be a notary public and commissioner of oaths and who you have sought to officiate, notarize or commission the documents.
Apostille of a document is to certify the document with a special Apostille stamp or by way of issuing a certificate so that the document could be used or be recognized in foreign countries. Apostille procedure is meant to eliminate the chain of cumbersome and costly process of:
notarization (by a notary public);
authentication (by the government agency that holds records of registered notaries public); and
legalization (by the foreign consulate or embassy where the document is to be used)
Many countries around the world wanted to eliminate the above required procedures to a single formality called Apostille. Hence, they agreed to be signatories to a treaty called the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, it is also known as the Apostille Convention. Unfortunately, Canada decided not to sign the said treaty. As a result, in order for public documents in Canada to be recognized in foreign jurisdictions, the traditional certification procedures mentioned above must be employed.
More information about the Apostille Convention can be found through the following links: Wiki and Hague Conference on Private International Law
Many lawyers, notaries public, commissioners of oaths, and various agencies will often charge you a fee to have the notarized documents authenticated and legalized. However, both the authentication and legalization processes are not as complicated as these individuals would like to have you believe. In fact, you can do it all on your own and save yourself a lot of money. Why pay someone ridiculous sum of money to mail your documents on your behalf?
The most important step is to verify the credential of the person who claims to be a lawyer, notary public, and commissioner of oaths. One of the easiest ways to verify the credential of these professionals is through the Law Society of Upper Canada's Lawyer Directory. Unless you are able to confidently confirm the person's name, contact information, and credential as found on the directory, do not use such services for notarization.
The second step is to have your documents notarized by a qualified lawyer, notary public, and commissioner of oaths.
The third step is authentication, the process of verifying the legal authority and registration of the lawyer/notary public/ commissioner of oaths, who officiated, notarized, and/or commissioned your documents to ensure that the person is not a fraudster and the documents he/she notarized is not rendered invalid. To authenticate, you will need to consult with the receiving embassy or consulate whether they wanted your documents to be authenticated federally or provincially. You will be required to submit your notarized documents (including the name and contact information of the notary public), your identifications and a fee to have your documents authenticated by one of the following Canadian Government Authorities:
a) Federally, through the office of the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. Additional information can be found on that link in respect to authenticating your documents federally.
b) Provincially, through the office of the Ontario Ministry of Government Services, the Official Documents Services Branch. Additional information can be found on that link in respect to authenticating your documents provincially:
Official Documents Services
700 University Ave, 6th floor
Toronto Ontario M7A 2S4
Nearest major intersection is
College Street and University Avenue
Telephone: (416) 325-8416
Facsimile: (416) 325-8434
Email: [email protected]
Once the Canadian Government Authority is satisfied that the signature and seal of the notary public on the document is not fraudulent, they will issue a certificate or another seal to confirm the authenticity of the document and the notary public's registration and credential.
The final step is legalization, or sometimes called superlegalization, which is done through the receiving embassy or foreign consulate located in Canada. You will be required to submit your Canadian government authenticated documents, your identifications and a fee, to the receiving embassy who will legalize your documents to be used and recognized in its country abroad.
For verification and assurance purposes, that legal services being offered are by a licensed, insured, and practising lawyer who is legally authorized to practice law in the Province of Ontario without restriction, we welcome your search of Vinh T. Tran's status as a lawyer in good standing with the Law Society of Upper Canada from its directory linked here: Law Society of Upper Canada's Directory. All reputable land trusted lawyers and notaries public in Ontario never refuse to disclose their identities, credentials, contact information, and fees. We encourage you to perform a credential check on all persons offering discounted legal, notary public and commissioner of oaths services in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Here are the Reasons Why you should Contact US. We invite you to Compare our Prices and Services. You MUST review the Law Society of Upper Canada's Policies Regarding Your Identity and Your Documents and be prepared to present ACCEPTABLE IDENTIFICATIONS.
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