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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) 647-5002 Fee: $5.00. For additional information, call the Federal Information Centre: 1-800-688-9889, and choose option 6 after you press 1 for touch tone phones. Walk-in service is available from the Authentications Office from 8 a.m. to 12 noon Monday-Friday, except holidays. Walk-in service is limited to 15 documents per person per day (documents can be multiple pages). Processing time for authentication requests sent by mail is 5 working days or less. See also, the State Department home page: http://www.state.gov. See also in general, 22 C.F.R. 131.

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.

Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority
Notary Division
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30345


Office of Secretary of State
Administrative Procedures Unit
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Suite 820 - West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Fee: $3.00
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority.

For many years, the Office of Secretary of State administered Georgia's Notary Public laws, O.C.G.A. 45-17-1 et seq.  However, the Office of Secretary of State has transferred responsibility for most of the statewide obligations related to Notaries Public, including the issuance of the international certificate of authentication (Apostille), to the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority.

Notaries now receive their commissions from the Clerk of Superior Court of the county where the Notary resides; and
The international certification, now issued by the Clerks' Authority, is available under provisions of the "Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents." The Apostille is affixed to a document that is witnessed by a Notary Public or certified by a state or county officer, and requires authentication for use in a country that is a member of the Hague Convention. Information regarding countries that are members of the Hague Convention may be obtained from the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority or the U.S. Department of State’s Authentications Office.
The Office of Secretary of State retains the responsibility for the issuance of only one certificate of authentication - the Great Seal, which may be obtained from our Elections Division. By law, the Secretary of State is the official custodian of the Great Seal, which is attached to official papers by executive order of the Governor.

Please note that questions regarding application of laws to a particular situation should be addressed to private legal counsel.

For further information on becoming a notary or authentication of a document, please contact:

Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority
1875 Century Boulevard
Suite 100
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
Phone: (404) 327-6023

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Office of Secretary of State
Elections Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
Suite 802 - Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Phone: (404) 656-2871
Fax: (404) 651-9531

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