Guide to the Authentication of Documents

Governments and organizations sometimes require that documents for use in foreign countries be authenticated in order to be accepted. Authentication, for purposes in British Columbia, means the signature of the B.C. official who signed the document has been authenticated (sometimes called legalized) by the Government of British Columbia.

In British Columbia, the authentication of documents is handled by the Ministry of Justice Order in Council (OIC) Administration Office.

This guide is intended to provide information about the authentication process, timelines and the cost.