Certificate of authentication : Certificates of authentication formally authenticate legalized documents requested by foreign consulates and embassies. As an example, in Ontario (Canada), the Ministry of Government Services' Official Documents Services (ODS) authenticates notarized or commissioned:
birth, adoption, marriage or divorce certificates ;
property ownership documents;
school, college, or university admission papers and transcripts;
business, commercial import-export documents and contracts dealing with incorporation, partnerships, product standards and distribution, fiscal matters, approval certificates for customs, etc.;
certain Ontario government official documents.
The authentication of seals, stamps and signatures by ODS validates the status of a Notary Public or Commissioner for taking Affidavits ( Oaths ) appointed in the Province of Ontario. Foreign consulates and embassies request ODS certificates of authentication in order to accept the validity of various documents.
Source: Ministry of Government Services
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