Authentication of official documents pertaining to college studies for use in another country

This service enables the holder of an official document issued by a college to have it authenticated by authorized staff of the Ministère.

Official documents pertaining to college studies must sometimes be authenticated before they can be used in another country. Authentication consists of placing the signature of the authorized person and the Ministère seal on each page of the document and attaching an attestation of authenticity that confirms that the Ministère recognizes the college and explains the nature of college studies in Québec.

In the case of a document issued by MEES (diploma of college studies, certification of diploma awarded or duplicate of a diploma), a memorandum is issued confirming that the Ministère recognizes the college and explaining the nature of college studies in Québec.

This service is free. Requests made by telephone or e-mail cannot be processed.

Procedure

  • Check with the institution, employer, foreign embassy or consulate to see if authentication by MEES is required, as this is not always the case.
  • For authentication of official documents issued by colleges – Attestations of College Studies (ACS), College Studies Transcript and attestations of college attendance:
    • Write and sign a letter that lists the documents to be authenticated and provides the address to which they should be sent once authenticated.
    • Give this letter to the person in charge of the registrar’s office at the college and ask him or her to issue the official documents and send them along with the request letter to the following address:

      Direction des affaires étudiantes et institutionnelles
      Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur
      1035, rue De La Chevrotière, 18e étage
      Québec (Québec)  G1R 5A5
  • For authentication of an original Diploma of College Studies (DCS):
    • Send it, along with a request letter, to the following address:

      Direction des affaires étudiantes et institutionnelles
      Ministère de l'Enseignement supérieur
      1035, rue De La Chevrotière, 18e étage
      Québec (Québec)  G1R 5A5
  • For other official documents issued by the Ministère – certifications of diplomas awarded and duplicates of diplomas:
    • Follow the normal procedure for requesting the document.
    • In the Comments section of the form, indicate that the document will be used in another country and must be accompanied by an explanatory memorandum.

Please note that no requests can be handled in person.

Contact us

1035, rue De La Chevrotière
Québec (Québec)  G1R 5A5
Email
418-646-1528

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