Authentication / legalization of documents
Documents executed in Alberta and attested before a Notary Public for Alberta are not usually acceptable in other countries, including the United States, without a Certificate of Authentication. An official of the Deputy Provincial Secretary's Office signs the certificate authenticating the appointment, the signature and the seal of the Notary Public. A Certificate of Authentication may only be issued by the Deputy Provincial Secretary's Office, who holds the official records of Notaries Public of the Province of Alberta, including records of their signatures and seals.
When a Certificate of Authentication is required, the document containing the Notary Public's original signature and seal can be mailed, brought in person, or delivered by courier to the Deputy Provincial Secretary's Office along with a written request for the authentication. There is a fee of $10.00 for each certificate provided, payable to the Minister of Finance.
The address for the office is:
Deputy Provincial Secretary's Office
Room 111, 9833 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2E8
The certificate(s) with the document(s) attached will be returned to the requestor by mail, unless other arrangements are desired. Any additional delivery expense, such as the cost of a private courier, will be the responsibility of the person making the request.
For additional information on this service, please contact the Registrar, Official Documents and Appointments at 780-427-5069 (dial 310-0000 for toll free service in Alberta).