The authentication or certification of a document
is an attestation by a Consular Officer at the High Commission in Ottawa or the
Consulate General in Toronto to certify the authenticity of a signature affixed
to the document. The purpose of authentication/certification by the Jamaican
High Commission or Consulate General is to ensure that document issued in
Canada will be acknowledged by relevant authorities in Jamaica and will be
recognized with full legal effect.
and civil documents with signatures issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs
Trade & Development Canada (DFATD) on documents for use in Jamaica. The authentication
of Canadian documents is a two-phase process. First, DFATD certifies that the
document has been issued by the proper authority, after which the Jamaican High
Commission legalizes the document by authenticating the signature of the DFATD
civil documents issued by Jamaican government offices to be used in Canada in
order for it to have the intended legal effect in Canada.
for an individual who needs to execute an affidavit or oath such as power of
attorney or individuals who need a witness for their signature on documents
destined for use to Jamaica, must appear in person at the Jamaican High
Commission in Ottawa or the Consulate General of Jamaica in Toronto, for the
document to be certified by a Consular Officer.
a document’s content.
or certify photocopies of documents.
Please note that DFATD
responsible for providing authentication service to Canadian citizens and
foreign nationals on all Canadian documents for use overseas.
Requirements for Authentications
by a notary public, lawyer or Commissioner of Oaths of Canada, and then submitted
to the Authentication
and Service of Documents Section of DFATD.
Legal and without contents violating Jamaican
law or threatening to Jamaica’s national or public interests.
Original copies and a set of photocopies
for Mission’s records submitted.
Requirements for Certifications
original document issued by the Jamaican government office or the original
document for the applicant to affix his/her signature.
· A photocopy
of the document to be certified must also be provided for the Mission’s record.
Authentication fee is CAD$30.00 per
Certification fee is CAD$20.00 per
The fees are payable in cash, money order
or bank draft addressed to the Jamaican High Commission.
Authentication and certification of
documents takes three (3) business days.
The certified document will be available
for pick up between 9:30am – 1:30pm Monday through Friday at the reception
window. In case where the applicant is not able to collect the document, a
designated representative must present a letter of authorization from the
applicant as well as his/ her ID card.
For mailing of processed documents, the applicant
must provide a pre-paid return envelope.