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Not long ago, we received a translation and legalisation request for a wedding in Dominican Republic.

When the documents arrived at our office, we realised that even though the groom was a British citizen, his Birth Certificate was from Quebec (Canada), as he was born there.

Usually, the Birth Certificate would need to be legalised in Canada or through the Canadian authorities in the UK. We contacted the Canadian High Commission in London for final confirmation and advice on what to do next.

The High Commission confirmed that the document needed to be sent to Canada if “full legalisation” was required and not just “authentication”, which could be done in the UK.

We called both the hotel where the marriage was going to take place and the local registry office in Dominican Republic in order to find out if authentication was accepted by the local registry office in Dominican Republic (to avoid sending the Birth Certificate to Canada).

After confirming that full legalisation was required for the marriage to take place, we informed our customer that his Birth Certificate had to be sent to Canada.

The next issue was time. The couple was getting married in less than a month and we didn’t know how long it would take to legalise the Birth Certificate in Canada before we could deal with the translations and the rest of legalisations.

Luckily, with the help of a legalisation company in Canada, the groom managed to legalise his certificate there. We then carried out the rest of the work in the UK on time, so he and his bride were able to have a fantastic wedding in Dominican Republic with no problems.

As an appreciation of our help, they recently sent us their Marriage Certificate for translation into English.

Thanks so much for all the work you've done on our documents, I really appreciate all the help you gave us, you certainly made the process much more stress free.
We will also send the marriage certificate to you once we receive it to be translated into English. Once again thank you for the brilliant service we have received, we will make sure we recommend you.

Lynette Baker