About Certificates of Authentication
ODS formally authenticates legalized documents requested by foreign consulates and embassies. ODS authenticates notarized or commissioned:
The authentication of seals, stamps and signatures by ODS validates the status of a Notary Public or Commissioner for taking Affidavits appointed in the Province of Ontario. Foreign consulates and embassies request our certificates of authentication in order to accept the validity of various documents.
The ODS mandate is to verify the document submitted by comparing the signature and seal/stamp (as applicable) on the document against the information on file pertaining to the Notary Public or Commissioner for taking Affidavits. ODS does not validate the contents of any document.
ODS staff must be able to visually inspect all the relevant information on the notarized/commissioned document in its entirety in order to continue the authentication process.
Authentication will only proceed if:
Fees for Authentication Services
|Category||Fees (all taxes exempted)|
|Certificate of authentication of notarized legal document by a Notary Public||$ 16 for each authentication|
|Certificate of authentication of commissioned legal document by a Commissioner for taking Affidavits||$ 32 for each authentication|
|Certificate of authentication for an Ontario government official document (such as a certified birth certificate, etc.)||$ 32 for each authentication|
|Certificate of status of good standing for a Notary Public||$ 16 each certificate|
Method of Payment
Official Documents Services
700 University Ave, 6th floor
Toronto Ontario M7A 2S4
* Certified cheques and money orders are to be made payable to the Minister of Finance.
Before presenting your documents to ODS for authentication (via mail, courier or in person), please take the time to review this checklist: