Retiring to Costa Rica – Authenticating and Legalizing Your Canadian Documents

Posted by: Michael Atkinson
Category: Document Authentication and Legalization
retiring to Costa Rica

In the past few years, our office has seen an increase in the number of Canadians that are retiring to Costa Rica or other South American destinations.  As part of the relocation process, there is typically a need to have certain Canadian documents proceed through a process that is called Document Authentication and Legalization.  Our office has specialized in offering expert assistance in helping Canadians to navigate this process.

What are some of the commonly required documents required when retiring to Costa Rica?

Our office has processed a number of different Canadian documents which are intended upon being used in Costa Rica.  Some of these documents include:

  • RCMP Criminal Records Check
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Proof of Pension Income

If you are working with a consultant or lawyer in Costa Rica, it is recommended that you obtain the exact documents that you require.  Depending upon your specific situation they should be able to guide you in terms of what documentation they require.

How can I find information on the authentication of documents process with Global Affairs Canada?

The authentication section of Global Affairs Canada has a detailed website.  It is quite informative provided that one spends their time navigating the various pages. If you have specific questions and would feel more comfortable reaching out to an expert in this field, feel free to reach out to our staff.   We can discuss your documents along with the requirements and overall timeline.

Where can I find general information about the legalization requirements for Costa Rica?

For general information about Costa Rica, please visit the Embassy of Costa Rica.    The Embassy of Costa Rica has a helpful website.  The consular staff are also quite responsive to telephone calls or e-mail inquiries.

How Can Capital Authentication help me with the authentication and legalization process?

The staff at Capital Authentication will provide you with accurate information as it relates to the requirements of the authentication section of Global Affairs Canada.  We will also confirm that your documents will meet the legalization criteria with the Embassy of Costa Rica.  We will provide you with an expected timeline to have the documents authenticated and legalized.

Our office would welcome the opportunity to discuss your specific needs, provide you with processing timelines as well as the overall costing.   If you have questions relating to the authentication and legalization process feel free to visit our website at  Reach out to us either by e-mail at or telephone  (613) 236-9975.