Legalization of Canadian documents


- Procedure
- Canadian Civil Registry documents
- Canadian Notary Public documents
- Canadian Police record checks
- Canadian tribunal documents

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Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure. A range of internationally accepted procedures has been developed for this purpose. In most cases, documents which are to be used in legal procedures in Germany have to be proven authentic through means of either an apostille or a legalization.

An “apostille” is a certificate of authenticity issued by a designated authority in a contracting state to The Hague Convention on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents of 5 October 1961. Canada, unlike Germany, is not a contracting state to this convention.Thus apostilles cannot be issued for Canadian documents. Canadian public documents or certificates to be used in Germany need to be “legalized”.

The term “legalization” refers to the confirmation of authenticity of a foreign public document or certificate by a competent consular official of the state in which the document is to be used, i.e. the legalization of a marriage certificate issued by the Province of Ontario, which is to be used in Germany will be legalized by the German Consulate General in Toronto.

For the legalization of German documents you wish to use in Canada please contact the Canadian Embassy in Berlin or the administration in Germany that issued the document.

The information provided below is detailed for the different types of Canadian documents or certificates which are typically legalized by the German Embassy or Consulates.

Please follow the link to the document you would like to obtain a legalization for:

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Canadian documents first have to be authenticated by a Canadian authority before they can be legalized by the German Consulate in Toronto or Vancouver.

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Canadian civil status certificates (e.g. birth, marriage or death certificates) issued by Vital Statistics need to be authenticated by the competent Canadian authority prior to the…

Legalization of Canadian Vital Statistics Certificates

The German Consulates in Toronto and Vancouver offer the legalization of documents, contracts or certified signatures that have been officiated by a Notary Public in Canada if a German authority…

Legalization of signatures/documents issued by a Canadian Notary Public

The German consulates in Toronto and Vancouver can only legalize original Canadian police record checks (“certified criminal record check”) issued by RCMP headquarters in Ottawa (with photo and…

Legalization of Canadian police record checks by RCMP Ottawa ONLY

The German consulates in Toronto and Vancouver offer legalization for Canadian tribunal documents for use in Germany. see procedure Please note: Prior to legalization by the German Consulate…

Legalization of Canadian tribunal documents (e.g. Divorce Decree)

Documents can only be legalized at the German Consulate in Toronto or Vancouver if they have been authenticated first. Please refer to this list to find out which is the competent Canadian authority…


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