Legal and notary services

Canadian consular officials abroad have authority under the Canada Evidence Act and corresponding provincial and territorial statutes to perform a variety of notarial services, including taking affidavits. Consular officials cannot offer advice on legal issues or represent persons before the courts, nor do they post bail, pay lawyers’ fees or pay fines.

Authentication of documents

Foreign governments and organizations will sometimes require that documents be authenticated before they will accept them. To learn how to authenticate Canadian documents so that they will be accepted abroad, consult Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Authentication of Documents section. The documents should be authenticated before your departure.

To obtain a Statement in Lieu of Certification of Non-Impediment to Marriage Abroad, read Authentication of Documents before you leave Canada. Canadian consular officials abroad can also help you.

Foreign documents such as death and marriage certificates, and certain Canadian documents, can be authenticated by officials at the nearest Canadian government office abroad. A fee is charged for each service provided.

Other notarial services provided by consular officials abroad may include witnessing a signature on a document and certifying true copies of an original document presented to the official.

For more information, contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad. Consular officials can provide a list of local lawyers who offer legal and notarial services to Canadian travellers.

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For more information, contact the nearest Canadian government office abroad.

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