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Legalization of Documents and Issuing of Apostilles

Created: 2014.09.04 / Updated: 2024.01.17 16:36

IMPORTANT: With Canada joining the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 on Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, from 01/11/2024 onward, documents issued in Canada will have to be certified with an Apostille and will no longer be required to be legalized by Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada. The process of "double legalization" will no longer be necessary. Issuance of apostilles is carried out directly by Canadian authorities. An apostilled document can be recognized in Lithuania or any other country that has signed the Hague Convention.

Legalization of Documents Issued in Canada

If a document has already been legalized by the Global Affairs Canada before 11/01/2024, it will need to be additionally legalized at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada prior to submitting the document in Lithuania.

Apostille Authentication for Documents Issued in Canada

Information about issuance of apostilles and the state institutions where this service is available on the Global Affairs Canada website.

Apostille Authentication for Documents Issued in Lithuania

Before submitting Lithuanian issued documents to Canadian institutions, documents must first be apostilled, unless the receiving institution specifies otherwise.

Lithuanian issued documents could be apostilled:

  • By any notary office in the Republic of Lithuania personally, through relatives or authorized persons.
  • Applying at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada with a request to act as an intermediary by forwarding the documents to the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, either in person (appointments must be booked online) or by registered mail. This process may take about 2 months.


Individuals residing in Canada who seek to legalize or apostille a document through the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to Canada must:

  • Submit a free-form request to legalize or apostille the document, noting the contact information of the submitter (phone, email, address) and the country to which the document will be addressed.
  • Provide the document to be legalized or apostilled (original or a notarized copy).
  • Present a valid passport or another document confirming the person's identity (if the request is made by registered mail – a notarized copy of the passport).
  • Provide a prepaid registered envelope if you want to receive the documents by registered mail.
  • Pay a consular fee for legalization or apostille of the document.

Submitted documents must be neat and legible. If a document consists of multiple pages, they must be stapled together. Each document is certified separately (e.g., a diploma and its supplement are considered as 2 separate documents). The document cannot be laminated.

Important! Documents issued before 11/03/1990, bearing the attributes of the Lithuanian Soviet Socialist Republic (LSSR), cannot be legalized or apostilled. They must be replaced with new documents.

Documents do not require legalization or apostille when they are drawn up or issued by foreign diplomatic missions or consular offices residing in the Republic of Lithuania.

For more information on document legalization or apostille, please visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania.

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