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How do I get an apostille on a criminal record check? Better Known as Police Clearance Letter

You’ve been informed that while traveling abroad, a Canadian criminal history check must be submitted. Furthermore, you have been informed that this document needs to be apostille before being submitted! If so, you most likely have two crucial inquiries: 1) What is an apostille and how can I receive one? 2) How can I obtain a criminal record check in Canada?

Every day, Document Legalization of Canada, one of the top Canadian apostille (authentication and legalization) companies, assists customers like you in obtaining and apostilling criminal background checks for use abroad. Everything you need to prepare your criminal record check for usage in another country is provided below.

Why is an apostille required for my criminal background check, and what does it mean?

Any formal certification of a Canadian document’s authenticity is obtained through the apostille procedure, which makes the document acceptable for use in another country. An apostilled copy of the Canadian criminal record check is a prerequisite for acceptance in many other countries. There are several reasons why you could be required to provide a criminal background check when traveling to another country. Among the most popular ones are to instruct or study overseas, to apply for a job, or for immigration purposes.

What is the name of the apostille procedure in Canada?

All around the world, the word “apostille” is frequently used. But Canada is unable to genuinely issue an apostille. Our page on the Hague Apostille Convention clarifies this potentially perplexing scenario, if you’re curious as to why. Canada has a comparable procedure known as document authentication and legalization in place of the apostille process. Therefore, if you’ve been informed that you need to get an apostille in order to obtain a criminal background check from Canada, what you’ll be doing is obtaining the legalization and authentication of this document.

Different names used for Criminal Record Checks

In Canada,. the official name is a Criminal Record Check or Certified Criminal Record Check. However, there are a number of other terms that are frequently used, including Background Check, Police Check, RCMP Check, and Police Clearance Certificate. In other countries, they may also be referred to as a Non-Criminal Record Check or Certificate of Good Conduct.

Obtaining a Criminal Record Check

If you’ve been required to provide a criminal background check that has been apostilled (authenticated and legalized), you have a choice as to what type of criminal record check you obtain. In Canada, there are two types of criminal record checks. The first is a basic Criminal Record Check, where only your name and date of birth are used to identify you when the RCMP database is searched. No fingerprints are involved in obtaining a basic Criminal Record Check.

The second type is called a Certified Criminal Record Check, which uses your fingerprints as an identifier when searching the RCMP database. Certified Criminal Record Checks are considered more reliable because they use fingerprints as an identifier and this is the type of criminal record check most commonly required. Basic criminal record checks are obtained from your local police force. Certified criminal record checks are obtained by from the RCMP. If you are ordering an RCMP criminal record check, you will need to get your fingerprints taken by an accredited company, which will then be submitted to the RCMP’s headquarters in Ottawa.

If you live in another country and need to obtain a certified criminal record check, you will need to get your fingerprints taken by a company accredited by the RCMP. Contact us for more information on getting a Canadian criminal record check if you are outside Canada.

Authentication of your Police Check by Global Affairs Canada

The document authentication and legalization step in the Canadian apostille procedure entails first authenticating your document at Global Affairs Canada and then legalizing it with the embassy or consulate of the nation you intend to deliver it to. Your criminal record check needs to be sent to Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa in order for it to be validated. Remember that a criminal background check from a local police department must first be notarized before being submitted.

Your document will be examined by Global Affairs Canada personnel. If everything is in order, they will put a red stamp on your document to show that it has been verified

Legalization at the Consulate or Embassy

Following processing and authentication by Global Affairs Canada, your criminal record check will be sent to the country’s embassy or consulate for presentation. Each embassy and consulate establishes specific guidelines specific to the legalization procedure. This is where dealing with Document Legalization of Canada, an accomplished authentication and legalization business, can really simplify your life. We keep an eye on the ever-changing rules and regulations of more than 200 embassies and consulates to make sure your document is ready to be submitted. And since we authenticate and legalize many thousands of documents every year, we make sure you avoid the common pitfalls that frequently cause large delays and extra charges. Working with International Documents Canada will ensure that you avoid delays and everything is done properly, within your specific time frame.

Why Choose Document Legalization of Canada?

At Document Legalization of Canada, we bring over a decades of expertise in navigating the complexities of document authentication and legalization. Here’s why we stand out as your go-to partner for obtaining an Apostille:

Experience: Our extensive experience ensures a deep understanding of the Apostille process, both in Canada and internationally.

Efficiency: We streamline the Apostille process, saving you time and hassle. Our knowledge of the specific requirements for different types of documents and jurisdictions ensures a smooth process.

Personalized Service: We offer tailored solutions to meet your unique needs, whether you’re an individual or a business.

Global Network: Our established relationships with authorities and institutions around the world facilitate quicker and more reliable document authentication.

Document Legalization of Canada, your partner for global connectivity and legal document services, invites you to join us in welcoming this new era of document legalization.  Contact us at 1-833-700-5342 or fill the Form to get a Free quote.

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