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Legalization of Documents

All documents issued in Canada to be legalized by the Consulate of Costa Rica in Ottawa have to be previously authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs,  Trade and Development (DFATD) (Authentication of Documents Office at 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ONT, K1A 0G2.) For more information about the requirements by DFATD, please visit: here

The Consulate General in Toronto legalises only original documents issued by the Registrar General of Ontario, or documents previously authenticated by the Ministry of Government Services of Ontario.

Please remind that each document have to be authenticated separately.

Payment of consular fee for legalization of documents

Consular fees for Consular Services must be deposited in the corresponding bank account:

  • CONSULATE GENERAL IN OTTAWA AND HONORARY CONSULATE IN VANCOUVER: Bank of Montreal, N°0005-4608-520 “Embassy of Costa Rica, Consular Services”
  • If paying by wire transfer an additional amount of $US14,00 must be deposited due to bank charges.

Cash payments are not accepted at the Consulates.


Find a summary of main consular fees:

Consular Services

Consular fee

Legalization of signatures registered at the consulate

US$ 40.00

Legalization of diplomas and transcripts of Costa Rican citizens.

  • US$10.00. Proof of Costa Rican citizenship presenting ID, valid Passport, or birth certificate with no more than one year of issuance.
  • FREE OF CHARGE. Costa Rican students with scholarship must present a proof of that condition.

Legalization of diplomas and transcripts of foreign students.

US$15.00

Legalization of birth certificates, marriage or death of Costa Rican citizens, with the purpose of registration at Civil Registry of Costa Rica. 

FREE OF CHARGE

Authentication of power of attorney for the registration of a trade mark or patent.

US$80.00

Click here to Access the complete Consular Fee decree No. 35757-RE, dated January 4th, 2010.

 

Processing and return of documents                   

You can send by mail the documents to be legalized by the Consulate. Please be sure to follow the steps previously explained. Together with the documents you must enclose the receipt of deposit of the corresponding consular fee, and a pre-paid envelope, with the address of the receiver, to return the documents.

 

Final steps in the process of legalization at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica

The documents legalized by the Consulate must be taken to the Authentication Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica (Avenue 7-9, Calles 11-13, San José, Costa Rica), for the authentication of Consul’s signature.

Documents issued in other language than Spanish to be valid in Costa Rica must be translated by an official translator.  The list of official translators is available at the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica. 

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For additional questions about the procedure on documents legalization, please send your enquiry to (consulado.ottawa@costaricaembassy.com).

 

Power of Attorney

For Powers of Attorney, please send a request by e-mail to the Consul General in Ottawa or Toronto in order to receive instructions of the steps to follow in each particular case.  

The consular fee for Powers of Attorney is US$100.00.  Consular fees for this service must be deposited in the corresponding bank account:

  • CONSULATE GENERAL IN OTTAWA AND HONORARY CONSULATE IN VANCOUVER: Bank of Montreal, N°0005-4608-520 “Embassy of Costa Rica, Consular Services”
  • CONSULATE GENERAL IN TORONTO: Bank of Montreal N° 0389 4785-814. “Consulate General of Costa Rica in Toronto”.

Appointments are required for the signature of the powers of attorney, which will be coordinated directly with the Consul General, by e-mail.  The date of the appointment, the interested party must bring the deposit of the corresponding consular fee, and other documentation that the General Consul may require.

International Health Certificate for Dogs and Cats

All pets traveling to Costa Rica must have an International Health Certificate for Dogs and Cats, issued by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. You  should download this document from the Agency's website and it has to be completed by a veterinarian licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Canada and then presented to an official government veterinarian to be endorsed. The examination for the certificate must be conducted within the two weeks prior to traveling to Costa Rica. The required vaccinations are: distemper, hepatitis, lestospirosis, parvovirus and rabies (for animals 3 months or older). Please download the form in the following link

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