Since Canada did not sign the Convention of 5 October 1961 "Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents" (hereinafter "Hague Apostille Convention"), the term "apostille" is not really a correct one to use here. We will use "legalization" instead.
From international legislation standpoint, all U.S. public documents must be legalized at the Embassy or Consulate of Canada in the USA for use in Canada. Prior to legalization by the Canadian Embassy/Consulate, such U.S. documents need to be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC. And oftentimes if the American documents are not federally-issued, then they must be authenticated first by the respective Secretary of State.
However, many people and organizations in both Canada and the USA are often confused on the requirements (e.g., at a minimum they use the word "apostille"), and some might even falsely assume that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allows free document circulation by which documents notarized by U.S. notary publics can be accepted in Canada without any additional certifications. This is not the case! Just like in Canada, document frauds do happen in the USA as well, and from time to time U.S. notary publics are debarred from their commissions by the states and punished due to document mistakes or wrongdoings. But unfortunately, many Canadian individuals and legal entities at their own risk still accept either simple photocopies of U.S. documents or documents notarized by American notary publics. The risks may be low if the issue being solved by submission of such document is not really a significant one. However, imagine the repercussions in an international deal or transaction across the borders that can be contested and reverted in courts on the grounds of improper documents!
Thus, if you need to prepare a U.S. public document for use in Canada and want to do a proper job without rejections in Canada that can cost you money, then you are in for WDC Apostille & Legalization Services! Or you may be in the position of authority at the destination in Canada (i.e., where the U.S. documents are being submitted) and need to be fully assured of the authenticity of the American document under your scrutiny. Then, information on this page can also benefit you and will protect your position if you start requiring U.S. public documents destined for use in Canada to be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State and legalized by the Canadian Embassy or Consulate.
WDC Apostille & Legalization Services can speedily authenticate documents at the U.S. Department of State. After that, we can legalize your documents at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC. We can offer regular or economy service with discounts for multiple documents. Please check out Our Service Fees.
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Thus, prior sending documents to us, you are encouraged to get a quote based on your specific document situation or contact us if you have any questions. This is an important step as we can help you to ensure you did not miss any official requirements.
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