Your document can be declined authentication
Authenticating a document is free. It proves that the signature, the position of an official and the seal on a certified document are genuine. Other jurisdictions or countries will recognize your authenticated document as a valid copy.
Authentication is also called legalization or apostille.
Complete list of documents that can be authenticated
While authentication does not relate to a document’s content your document can be declined authentication. This may happen if:
- the content is misleading, or
- the document or the authentication process may be used for a fraudulent, illegal or misleading purpose
You will be informed in writing if the document cannot be authenticated. The matter may be referred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and to the relevant regulatory bodies for lawyers, notaries public and commissioners of oaths.
Documents that cannot be authenticated include:
- unknown seals or signatures which cannot be verified
- religious documents (for example baptismal certificates, religious marriage certificates, or documents issued by a religious institution)
- documents that are glued, laminated, or covered with any substance that would made it difficult to place a stamp on the document
- Authentication in person
- Authentication by mail or courier
- If you are outside Canada
- Your document can be declined authentication
- Urgent requests
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