About Documents Authentications

Foreign governments and organizations sometimes require documents to be authenticated in order to be accepted for use in their jurisdiction. In British Columbia, authentication means that the signature of the provincial official who signed the document has been authenticated (sometimes called legalized, or an apostille) by the provincial government. Authentication does not involve analysis or endorsement of the contents of a document.

A document that has been authenticated will have a certificate of authentication signed by the Registrar, Official Documents (or designate) and embossed with the Registrar’s seal. The certificate will be attached to the document with a permanent eyelet.

Types of documents that can be authenticated include:

  • BC Vital Statistics documents
  • BC Corporate Registry documents
  • BC court documents
  • BC education documents
  • Documents notarized by a BC lawyer or BC notary public

Note that the BC Authentication Program is not the same as the Canadian authentication of documents service offered by Global Affairs Canada. Please check with the consulate, embassy or country that you are dealing with to ensure that you get the type of authentication they will accept.