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Applying for an apostille

Sometimes a foreign country requires a certificate to make a document official. This certificate, called an apostille, attests to the document’s origin and the signature or seal of the person or body who signed or sealed it. Québec issues apostilles in French only.

It does not certify the document’s content.

Conditions

An apostille can be issued for any of the 125 countries This hyperlink will open in a new window. that signed the October 5, 1961, Convention abolishing the legalization requirement for foreign documents. It can also be issued for a non-signatory country, but legalization may then be required by that country.

Documents that can be authenticated

You can request authentication of the original—or a copy certified true by the person or body who produced it—of the following:

  • a document issued by a public body
  • a court document
  • an authentic act such as a notarized document
  • a document issued by a person or body and officially certified by a lawyer or notary.

The notarized document and the lawyer or notary’s certificate must be accompanied by a signature authentication issued by his professional association.

Bodies that issue public documents

You must obtain the document from the body authorized to issue it.

Examples of documents that can be authenticated and the bodies that issue them:

Directeur de l’état civil:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificate
  • Personal name change certificate
  • etc.

You must provide documents that have been issued within the last 5 years.

Request a certificate or a copy of an act This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Registraire des entreprises du Québec:

  • Certificate of regularity
  • Company name change certificate
  • Merger certificate
  • etc.

Request a copy of a document or a Certificat d’attestation from the Registraire des Entreprises This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec:

  • Secondary school diploma
  • Diploma of Vocational Studies
  • etc.

Request a transcript or a certification document This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Transcript of grades (elementary or secondary):

This must be requested from the school.

Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur:

  • Diploma of College Studies (DCS)

Request a certification of Diploma of College Studies awarded This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Transcript of college grades:

This must be requested from the college.

University degree or certificate:

This must be requested from the university.

Chambre des notaires:

  • Notarial authenticity certificate
  • Will search certificate
  • Protection mandate search
  • etc.

Request a quality and authenticity certificate This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Direct link to the form This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Notarial documents:

  • Marriage contract
  • Last will and testament
  • Sales contract
  • etc.

These must be requested from the notary who produced the original act. You must also obtain the notary’s signature authentication, issued by the Chambre des notaires This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Let’s say, for example, you need to have your marriage contract authenticated. First, get a certified true copy from the notary who produced the contract. Then obtain a signature authentication from the Chambre des notaires to certify that the notary is a member and signed the document.

Barreau du Québec:

  • Member in good standing certificate
  • Attestation of studies from the École du Barreau
  • Will search certificate
  • Protection mandate search
  • etc.

Send a request to the Barreau du Québec This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Ministère de la Justice du Québec:

  • A Court of Québec ruling
  • A Superior Court ruling
  • A Court of Appeal ruling
  • Divorce certificate
  • etc.

You must contact the clerk’s office This hyperlink will open in a new window. in the district where the ruling was handed down. If your recipient country requires a certificate of non-appeal along with the ruling, both documents will be attached and submitted as a single request for apostille.

  • Certificate from the Register of personal and movable real rights

Contact the Registre des droits personnels et réels mobiliers (RDPRM) This hyperlink will open in a new window.

Police documents:

  • Certificate of good conduct

This must be requested from the Sûreté du Québec or the police station in the municipality where the person named in the certificate resides.

Other documents:

For documents not listed above, refer to the apostille request form This hyperlink will open in a new window. or contact customer service This hyperlink will open in a new window..

Before submitting a request

You must have the following information and documents on hand before making your request:

  • Recipient country
  • Your contact information
  • If paying online, a credit card (soon available); otherwise a cheque or money order
  • Document(s) to be authenticated
    • Make sure your document’s issue date meets the requirements of the requesting entity.
    • To facilitate validation, try to use recent documents.

How to request authentication

Fees will apply.

To request an apostille:

  • Fill out the form
  • Select a method of payment (credit card (soon available), money order or cheque)
  • Print the form – Please do not staple the form to the document
  • Mail the form along with the document(s) to be authenticated to:
     

    Délivrance des apostilles
    Ministère de la Justice
    1, rue Notre-Dame Est, bureau 7.07
    Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1B6

Access the online form

After sending your request

After your request has been processed and approved, you will receive your authenticated document in the mail. Standard processing time is 10 business days.

Your request may be refused for the following reasons:

  • The document was issued too long ago to be validated
  • The document is from outside Québec
  • The document has been altered
  • The document is not an original or a true copy.

Fee

A $65 fee applies for each document. You can pay by credit card (soon available), money order or cheque.

For example:

  • Your request contains a birth certificate to be authenticated. The fee is $65.
  • Your request contains three documents: your birth certificate, your son’s birth certificate and his college diploma. The cost will be 3 times $65, for a total of $195.

Apostille register

You can consult the register to check the apostilles issued to date.

Consult the register

You will have to provide the date of issue and the number of the apostille you are looking for.

Apostille register

Last update: February 15, 2024

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