An Authentication Certificate from this office certifies the Notary Public’s signature and seal on a Canadian document are genuine to send abroad. For authentication, your document must have a recognized Manitoba Notary Public signature and impression seal. Note that you are solely responsible for ensuring that an embassy or consulate will accept the documents in the format they require. Our office does not validate the contents of documents.

Frequently Asked Questions - Authentications (pdf)

In-person authentication services are available Monday thru Friday, 8:30-4:30 (closed 12:00-1:00pm).


For drop box or mail options, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:  Confirm requirements by contacting the embassy, high commission, or consulate of the country where you will send the documents.

Step 2: Prepare your documents

  • the document must be notarized by a Manitoba Notary Public (a Notary Public is a lawyer, we do not have a lawyer in our office)
  • a written request for a certificate of authentication, include contact information
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope or a prepaid courier shipping label. We recommend using a Pre-Paid Xpressport envelope as it has a tracking number. We are not responsible if your documents get lost in the mail.

Step 3: Choose your payment method

  • A $12.00 fee is applied for the authentication of the signature & seal of the Notary Public, per document or set of documents.
  • Additional fees are charged for each different document or set.
  • A money order or bank draft payable to the Minister of Finance. No personal cheques accepted.
  • Pay using Visa/MasterCard by filling out the payment option form.

Step 4: Mail or drop off your document

In person: 8:30-4:30 (closed between 12:00 and 1:00)

: 405 Broadway main floor 

Mail to:

Companies Office
405 Broadway, Room 1010
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 3L6

Allow 5 to 7 business days for processing.


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