What is diplomatic legalization?

Hungary, just like many other countries in the World, requires that foreign public document to be used (served) in official procedures are first legalized. Given that Canada is not a party to the so-called Apostille Convention, a Hungarian consul applies diplomatic legalization to Canadian public documents. The consul can only do this if the signature and seal samples of the issuer or authenticator of the documents are available to us.

Please note that Canadian vital statistics certificates to be used in Hungary usually do not require diplomatic legalization.


How can I request diplomatic legalization?

In person in Ottawa and in Toronto, or by mail (address: 299 Waverley Street, Ottawa, ON K2P 0V9).

For mailed in applications please send along with the documents to be legalized:

  • a cover letter requesting diplomatic legalization, and including your contact details,
  • a self-addressed, prepaid return envelope.

How much is the fee for diplomatic legalization?

The consular fee is 35 CAD for each signature to be authenticated. It is payable in cash only for in-person applications, and by a money order payable to the Embassy in Hungary if mailed in. We do not accept either debit/credit cards or cheques.


What documents can the consul legalize?

We can legalize the signatures and seals of notaries public according to the instructions given on this page.

Other documents to be legalized have to be previously authenticated by one of the following Canadian authenticators:


Entire Canada

Global Affairs Canada
Authentication Services Section 
125 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON K1A 0G2
Phone: +1 (800) 267-8376 or +1 (613) 944-4000
Website: http://www.international.gc.ca/department-ministere/authentication-authentification_documents.aspx

Alberta Alberta Justice and Solicitor General
Deputy Provincial Secretary’s Office
111-9833 109 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 2E8
Phone: +1 (780) 427-5069
Website: https://justice.alberta.ca/programs_services/official/Pages/authentication.aspx
British Columbia

The Law Society of British Columbia 
Member Services Department
845 Cambie Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4Z9
Phone: +1 (604) 669-2533
Email: memberinfo@lsbc.org
Website: www.lawsociety.bc.ca

Ministry of Justice
Order in Council Administration Office
Attention: Authentication Clerk
PO Box 9280 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9J7
Phone: +1 (250) 387-4376
Email: BCAuthentication@gov.bc.ca
Website: http://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/government-id/guide-to-the-authentication-of-documents

The Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia
700 - 625 Howe Street Box 44
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T6
Phone: +1 (604) 681-4516
Website: www.notaries.bc.ca

Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services
Official Documents Services
222 Jarvis Street, Main Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 0B6
Phone: +1 (416) 325-8416
Website: https://www.ontario.ca/page/authenticate-document-use-outside-canada
Québec Chambre des Notaires du Québec
600-1801 avenue McGill College
Montréal, QC H3A 0A7
Phone: +1 (514) 879-1793/5909 or +1 (800) 263-1793/5909
Website: www.cnq.org
Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice 
Authentication Services 
800 – 1874 Scarth Street
Regina, SK S4P 4B3
Phone: +1 (306) 787-2951
Website: https://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/notarize-documents-queens-printer-maps-and-other-publications/authenticating-notarized-documents