LEGALIZATION OF DOCUMENTS

 

  • For a public document issued in Canada to have legal effects in Mexico, it must be legalized. Therefore, the Consulate certifies the authenticity of the signature and/or original stamp that the document holds.
  • At the Consulate General, only Canadian documents issued by the resident authorities in this consular district are authenticated (provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut).
  • This Consulate cannot legalize documents issued outside of its district.
  • The process of legalization is done by going to the Consulate General, from 9 am to 1 pm from Monday to Friday.
  • This certification of authenticity is carried out on the original signatures and/or stamps in public documents presented to them.
  • To verify if a document can be legalized, please send it scanned in pdf format to the ​​legalizations department to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • If you cannot physically go to the Consulate, you can legalize the document by postal mail, for which we suggest you contact us via the e-mail mentioned above.
  • Please do not send us cash as we only accept certified (draft) checks by mail. Do not forget to send us with your documents a prepaid envelope with your information already filled so that we can send you back the legalized documents. We will not process documents that do not come with their check and prepaid envelope.

NOTE: This Consulate cannot legalize birth certificates in pocket format, academic documents that do not have the name or signature of the issuing authority, or translations or photocopies that have not been stamped and signed by a notary.

Resolution time: Up to 7 days, according to norm SRE-01-003-A.

To see the CAD cost of legalization, click here.

 

Documents issued by Canadian authorities

(1) School documents.

As of June 16th, 2015, the legalization of school transcripts and/or diplomas issued by Canadian institutions of primary, middle, and high school levels is no longer required for revalidation purposes in Mexico.

School transcripts of grades and/or diplomas from higher education institutions (university) still require legalization for revalidation in Mexico.

The original document or certified copy of the diploma, report card or certificate of studies that will be legalized must have the stamp of the Ministry of Education of the correspondent Canadian province (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island or Nunavut) or the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada.

  •          Click here to see the institutions that certify school documents in Canada.
  •          Visit here the link of the government of Canada.

(2) Legalization of notarized documents.

The documents issued by an individual or a company, to be legalized, must be certified by a notary and must also be certified by the Chamber of Notaries or by the corresponding authority of the province.

Click here to see the authorities certifying notarized documents.

(3) Civil Registry Acts.

For the legalization of birth, death and marriage certificates, the documents must be certified copies issued by the civil registry of our consular district (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut). The formats must be half letter or letter (pocket formats are not accepted).

(4) Acts or judicial documents

The documents issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of the respective province must contain the official stamp of the Palace of Justice and bear the signature and name of the signatory.

 

Documents issued by Canadian authorities

(1) School documents.

As of June 16th, 2015, the legalization of school transcripts and/or diplomas issued by Canadian institutions of primary, middle, and high school levels is no longer required for revalidation purposes in Mexico.

School transcripts of grades and/or diplomas from higher education institutions (university) still require legalization for re validation in Mexico.

The original document or certified copy of the diploma, report card or certificate of studies that will be legalized must have the stamp of the Ministry of Education of the correspondent Canadian province (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island or Nunavut) or the stamp of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada.

  •          Click here to see the institutions that certify school documents in Canada.
  •         Visit here the link of the government of Canada.

(2) Legalization of notarized documents.

The documents issued by an individual or a company, to be legalized, must be certified by a notary and must also be certified by the Chamber of Notaries or by the corresponding authority of the province.

Click here to see the authorities certifying notarized documents.

(3) Civil Registry Acts.

For the legalization of birth, death and marriage certificates, the documents must be certified copies issued by the civil registry of our consular district (Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Nunavut). The formats must be half letter or letter (pocket formats are not accepted).

(4) Acts or judicial documents

The documents issued by the Supreme Court of Justice of the respective province must contain the official stamp of the Palace of Justice and bear the signature and name of the signatory.

Do you have other types of documents that are not Canadian?

(1) Documents issued by other countries

The legalization procedure described above does not apply for the legalization of documents issued by other countries.

(2) Mexican documents

Documents issued by Mexican authorities to be recognized in Canada must be submitted for an apostille before the corresponding Mexican institutions.

For more information, refer to the page of the Ministry of the Interior:

(https://www.gob.mx/segob/acciones-y-programas/apostilla-de-documentos-80714)

(3) Documents issued by the states of Mexico

In the case of public documents that are state-issued, they must be legalized before the Secretary or General Director of the Government of the state where they were issued.