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 Secretary of State
Little Rock, AR 72201-
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State.
Business and Commercial Services (BCS) facilitates the use of State Documents in Foreign Countries.
Many transactions in foreign countries involve documents prepared in the US or issued by state governmental agencies. Whether the transaction involves setting up an import business or adopting a baby,selling products overseas or studying abroad, foreign governments must rely on information provided on documents issued and recorded by states, cities and counties that are unfamiliar to them.
To facilitate the acceptance of these documents they must be authenticated or certified in some way. The Arkansas Secretary of State provides this service. Apostille and authentication certificates can be added to documents to verify their authenticity and add to their validity as legal documents.