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We do not accept documents for authentication in person.

Follow the instructions below to have your documents authenticated.

If you need to use a notarized document outside of Canada, you may require a certificate of authentication. This is known as an authentication and it confirms the notary public’s status, signature and seal.

If you require a certificate of authentication, you’ll need to forward your notarized document to the Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office.

Get a certificate of authentication

Step 1. Gather your documents

When you submit your request, you’ll need:

  • the document that’s been notarized originally by a notary public
  • a written request for a certificate of authentication

Step 2. Choose your payment method

A certificate of authentication costs $10 per document. For example, a one-page document costs $10, and if the document has more than one page it is still $10.

There are 2 ways to make your payment:


Make your payment online

A receipt will be emailed to you once your payment has been processed. Print the receipt and submit it with your document as proof of payment.


When submitting your documents by mail, you can pay by:

  • business cheque
  • personal cheque
  • money order
  • bank draft
  • credit or debit online
    • enclose your receipt with your documents as proof of payment

All payments must be made out to the Government of Alberta.

Step 3. Mail your document and payment

Mail your notarized document, written request for a certificate of authentication, and payment to:

Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office
Room 111, Bowker Building
9833 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2E8

After you submit your document

Allow at least 5 to 7 business days for processing.

The certificate of authentication with the original document attached will be returned to you by regular mail.

It can also be returned by courier if you supply the prepaid electronic courier waybill.


Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)

Phone: 780-427-5069

Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office
Room 111, Bowker Building
9833 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2E8

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