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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.

Office of Secretary of State
Notary Department
Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720
208- 332-2810
Fee: $10.00
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State; Notary Public Clerk.


Notaries are appointed by the Secretary of State for terms of six years. Each applicant for appointment must: (1) be at least 18 years old, (2) be a resident of or employed in the state of Idaho, (3) be able to read and write the English language, and (4) not have been removed from office for misconduct nor convicted of a serious crime within the last ten years. United States citizens and lawful resident aliens may be appointed as notaries.

If you are employed by a State of Idaho agency, and the commission is required in the scope of your employment, you will obtain both your application and your bond from the Bureau of Risk Management. Contact 332-1824 or 1-800-531-0597.

1) Complete the application form enclosed in the Notary Public Handbook. The applicant's signature must be notarized on the application.

2) Obtain a rubber stamp seal prior to submitting the application and bond with the Secretary of State's office. The seal may contain ONLY the words "Notary Public", "State of Idaho" and the notary public's name and NOTHING MORE (sample seals are shown on page 29 of the Notary Handbook). Notary stamp seals can be purchased at office supply stores, stationary stores and rubber stamp companies. Effective July 1, 1998 all new and renewing commissions shall obtain a rubber stamp seal. Stamp a sample of your seal where indicated on the application.

3) Obtain from a bonding or surety company (Insurance Agency) a $10,000 notary bond.

4) Enclose the $30.00 filing fee with your application. If you are an officer or employee of a state, county, city or district, and the commission is used in the scope of your employment, you are exempt from the $30.00 filing fee.

5) Submit the completed application, signed bond and $30.00 filing fee to the address listed below.

Submit all filings and fees to:
Secretary of State
PO Box 83720
450 N 4th Street
Boise ID 83720-0080

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