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Legalization of Canadian documents

The Consular services of the Embassy of Canada in France may process to the legalization of certain Canadian documents to fulfill the requirements of the French administration. Legalization is a certification of the genuineness of the signature on the official document (of vital statistics for example), but it does not certify the contents of it.

For example, our service can legalize your Canadian provincial long form birth certificate to be presented at the office of “sécurité sociale” in France. To obtain this service, please read the following instructions.

Legalization of Canadian birth, marriage and death certificates

The French administration may require that a document from Canada concerning a birth, marriage of death is to be legalize by our Embassy to be fully accepted. Please note that only “long form” documents are eligible for legalization (On a birth certificate for example it has to mentionned the names of the parents). If you do not have a “long form” Canadian document, please contact the provincial vital Statistics office in Canada to obtain it. This service is often required to apply for the Sécurité sociale, to complete an application for French citizenship or to obtain a first Carte de séjour.

Please note that the Embassy do not provide translation services. If your vital statistic document is only available in English, you will have to obtain an official translation from a “traducteur assermenté par la cour d’appel” to be able to use this document in France. You can obtain a list of those professionals at your local City Hall or on the website of the Cour de cassation (French only).

What documentation should I send to obtain this service?

  • A short letter explaining your request and including your detailed contact information in France (postal address, telephone and email) and instruction on where to return the document (we use a registrar mail service and you do not have to provide the return envelope);
  • The original vital statistic document;
  • A photocopy of your valid Canadian passport (only the page with the picture);
  • A payment of 50.00 $ can or the equivalent in euros. Please visit or website for more details.

Where should I send it ?

  • Please send your application @
Embassy of Canada
Notarial services
35 avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS

Legalization of other Canadian documents

It is possible that the French administration requires other Canadian document to be legalized by our service. Mainly, those services would be related to the legalization of the signature of a Canadian lawyer or a notary public on a Canadian document or the signature of a clerk on a court document. To inquire about the possibility to obtain this service, please send us the document by email for confirmation before sending your file.

First step: Send the document to be legalize by email for confirmation @ paris-consulaire@international.gc.ca.

Send step: if our opinion is positive, send the complete file (see instruction below).

What documentation should I send to obtain this service?

  • A short letter explaining your request and including your detailed contact information in France (postal address, telephone and email) and instruction on where to return the document (we use a registrar mail service and you do not have to provide the return envelope);
  • The original document on which appears the signature to be legalized;
  • A photocopy of your valid Canadian passport (only the page with the picture);
  • A payment of 50.00 $ can or the equivalent in euros.

Where should I send it ?

  • Please send your application @
Embassy of Canada
Notarial services
35 avenue Montaigne
75008 PARIS

How long is it going to be?

It will take 15 working days to process your application.

This service is not available by appointment, but you have the possibility to drop your application in person during our regular opening hours. You can also obtain this service with one of our consulates outside of Paris.

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Date Modified:
2017-03-17