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Apostille of a Marriage Certificate 

Marriage Certificate Apostille- Authentication & Legalization

Whether a foreign country has ratified the Hague Apostille Convention will determine the procedure to follow if you require the use of your Canadian marriage certificate overseas. The Hague Apostille Convention was ratified by Canada in January 2024, which streamlined the procedure for utilizing a Canadian marriage license in member nations. Here are some important things to remember.

How Can I Obtain an Apostille for My Marriage Certificate in Canada?

The only requirement for your Canadian marriage certificate is an apostille if your country is a signatory to the Hague Apostille Convention. It is now easier to obtain an Apostille Marriage Certificate because Canada joined this agreement in January 2024

Marriage Certificate Apostille or Authentication of Marriage Certificate

The approach is the same for countries that are not signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention. Your marriage certificate must be an original, long-form document issued by a provincial government vital statistics office before Global Affairs Canada or the Provincial Authority would be able to authenticate it. Certificates from your wedding ceremony or wallet-sized certificates will not be authenticated by Global Affairs Canada or the Provinces since they are not appropriate for this procedure. We can help you choose the appropriate certificate type if you are unclear about the type you currently hold.

Obtaining a Canadian Marriage Certificate

A provincial government vital statistics office will be able to provide you with a new marriage certificate, whether it is required for apostille, authentication, or legalization. In an attempt to speed up the procedure, some clients decide to have the certificate mailed straight to our office.

Reasons Why You Might Require an Apostille of Marriage Certificate

There are a number of circumstances in which getting an apostille or getting a Canadian marriage certificate authenticated and approved may be essential, particularly when handling foreign affairs. Here are several main justifications for why this procedure might be necessary:

  • Immigration: An authenticated or apostille marriage certificate is often needed to confirm the validity of your marriage if you intend to relocate to another country with your spouse. Applications for residency, spousal visas, and other immigration procedures will ask for an apostille marriage certificate
  • Adoption Procedures: In order to confirm your marital status throughout the application procedure, you could be asked to submit an authenticated or apostilled marriage certificate if you intend to adopt a child from another country.
  • Legal Matters: A legitimate marriage certificate is frequently needed in cases of legal disputes or processes in a foreign country, such as divorce or inheritance concerns. It has legal standing in international affairs because to the apostille or authentication procedure.
  • Studying Abroad: For administrative reasons, governments or educational institutions may need an apostilled or authenticated and legalized marriage certificate from students traveling abroad with a spouse for academic purposes.
  • Banking and Financial Activities: In order to adhere to international banking standards, a recognized marriage certificate may be required for the opening of joint bank accounts or the completion of major financial transactions overseas.
  • Insurance and Health Coverage: You might need to show an authenticated or apostilled marriage certificate in order to obtain spousal benefits from foreign insurance providers or for medical reasons overseas.
  • Cultural or Religious Reasons: In numerous countries, it may be required by cultural or religious traditions to provide a legally valid marriage certificate in order to participate in certain rituals or social gatherings.

Authentication & Legalization of Canadian Marriage Certificate for Non-Apostille Countries

  1. Authentication

It’s crucial to obtain the proper type of certificate for the country you intend to use it in if you want to make sure your marriage certificate will be accepted as a Marriage Certificate Apostille overseas. Authentication by Global Affairs Canada or Provincial authorities where it was issued is the initial stage in the procedure. If the certificate satisfies their standards, they will check the signature and authenticate it using the government’s authentication stamp.

2. Legalization

Legalization by the embassy or consulate of the country in which you intend to use the marriage certificate is the second stage. The embassy consulates will charge a fee for legalization services and may have variable requirements or turnaround periods. We take care of every detail and make sure the procedure goes quickly and smoothly when you use our document legalization services.

Canadian Marriage Certificate Apostille FAQ’

Can I use a copy of my Marriage Certificate that has been Notarized at Global Affairs Canada?

No, only an original marriage certificate issued by a Canadian provincial vital statistics is authenticated, according to Global Affairs Canada rules and regulations. It is not possible to authenticate a notarized or certified true copy created by a Canadian Notary Public.

Where can I get a Canadian Marriage Certificate?

In the event that you have never ordered a Canadian marriage certificate, your original has been destroyed, or you have misplaced or lost it, you can order a new or replacement certificate from the provincial vital statistics office in the province where the marriage took place. Our helpful links area has connections to the various provincial vital statistics offices.

Why do I need to get my Canadian Marriage Certificate Apostilled for use outside Canada?

A foreign country will not accept a Canadian marriage certificate because it is initially only acceptable for use in Canada. The Marriage Certificate must first undergo authentication at Global Affairs Canada and then legalization at the embassy or consulate of the country where it will be used in order to be accepted for use internationally. By confirming the foregoing signature’s legitimacy in both procedures, the document is essentially approved for usage in that other country.

List of Countries where they require the use of Authentication from Global Affairs Canada - Non-Apostille Countries

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Côte d’Ivoire
  • Cuba
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lao
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Micronesia
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Qatar
  • Rwanda*
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sri Lanka
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Turkmenistan
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Tanzania
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

* The Apostille Convention will come into effect in Rwanda on June 5, 2024.

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