Getting an Apostille in the USA
United States Authentication Authorities
Q. Who are the U.S. "Competent Authorities" to issue the Apostille certificate?
A. There are three levels of U.S. competent authorities, one for Federal agencies, one for U.S. (federal) courts, and one for state documents, including documents executed before notaries.
1. Federal Executive and Administrative Agencies: Authentications Office, Department of State, 518 23rd St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520, (202) 647-
2. U.S. Courts: Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the Federal Court System. Fee: $5.00.
For the purposes of the Convention, clerks and deputy clerks of the U.S. Courts shall include the clerks and deputy clerks of the following: The Supreme Court of the United States, the Courts of Appeals for the First through the Eleventh Circuits and the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Courts, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, the United States Court of International Trade, the United States District Court for the District of the Canal Zone, the District Court of Guam, the District Court of the Virgin Islands, and the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands.
Office of the Governor
Pago Pago, AS 96799
Designated Authority: Secretary of American Samoa; Attorney General of American Samoa.
Department of Legal Affairs
Fepulea'i Afa Ripley, Jr.
Deputy Attorney General:
The Department of Legal Affairs (DLA) consists of the Office of the Attorney General, the Office of Immigration, the Office of the Territorial Registrar and the Office of Weights and Measures.
There are four assistant attorneys general assigned to criminal prosecution. The criminal prosecution section is responsible for the enforcement of criminal statutes in cases referred to the Attorney General by the Department of Public Safety.
DLA concentrates on the training and education of DPS police officers in the field of criminal prosecution. The goal of criminal prosecution is to continue with the practice of trial familiarization for DPS officers in order to improve and polish "trial awareness" in the field. We hope that some of these activities can be extended to Customs officers and patrols.
Prosecution of Domestic Violence and Crimes Against Women: It is the goal of this program to improve the institutional response to cases of domestic violence. Crimes of domestic violence have historically been ignored and/or minimized by the criminal justice system. In addition to the standard prosecutorial goals of punishment and deterrence, aggressive criminal prosecution of domestic violence and rape will contribute to changing societal acceptance of domestic violence and rape.
Immigration Office: The Office of Immigration is headed by the Chief Immigration Officer with a staff of 33 employees. The Office is responsible for the administration and enforcement of immigration laws relating to admission, exclusion and deportation of aliens; it also has responsibility for the photographing and registration of aliens lawfully residing in American Samoa.
1 (684) 633-
1 (684) 633-
1 (684) 633-