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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.

Iowa
Office of Secretary of State
Lucas Building
First Floor, Public Service
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5204
http://sos.iowa.gov/
Fee: $5.00
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State

Certifications and Other Copies

Certificate of Existence, Authorization or Negative Standing $5.00
Copies of Document $1.00 / page
Certified Copies of Documents $5.00, plus copy charge / page
Apostille or Certification $5.00
Fax Charge $1.00 / page

Cooperative Associations (497)

Articles of Amendment [497.8] See Code [497.4]
Application for Reinstatement [497.28] See Code
Biennial Report [497.22] [504.1613] No Charge

Cooperative Corporations (501)

Articles of Organization [501.202] $20.00
Articles of Amendment [501.203] $20.00
Restated Articles of Organization [501.203] $20.00
Articles of Merger [501.617] $20.00
Articles of Consolidation [501.617] $5.00
Articles of Dissolution [501.803] $5.00
Revocation of Dissolution [501.804] $5.00
Application for Reinstatement [501.813] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [501.106] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [501.106] No Charge
Voluntary Election to Adopt [501.601] $5.00
Biennial Report [501.713] $5.00

Domestic Cooperative Associations (499)

Articles of Incorporation [499.40] $20.00
Articles of Amendment [499.41] $20.00
Renewed Articles of Incorporation [499.42] $20.00
Articles of Merger [499.62] $50.00
Articles of Consolidation [499.63] $50.00
Articles of Dissolution [499.47] $5.00
Articles of Correction $5.00
Application for Reinstatement [499.78] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [499.73] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [499.74] No Charge
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name $5.00
Biennial Report [499.49] & [504.1613] No Charge
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Domestic Cooperative Associations (501A)

Articles of Organization [501A.503] $50.00
Articles of Amendment [501A.504] $50.00
Restatement of Articles of Organization with Amendment $50.00
Articles of Merger [501A.1101] $50.00
Articles of Dissolution [501A.1205] $5.00
Articles of Correction [501A.204] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [501A.301] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [501A.301] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [501A.301] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [501A.402] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [501A.403] No Charge
Biennial Report [501A.231] $5.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Domestic Limited Liability Companies (489)
Domestic Professional Limited Liability Companies (489)

Certificate of Organization [489.201] $50.00
Amendment to Certificate of Organization [489.202] $50.00
Restatement of Certificate of Organization [489.202] $50.00
Articles of Merger [489.1004] $50.00
Statement of Dissolution [489.702] $5.00
Statement of Termination [489.702] $5.00
Statement of Correction [489.206] $5.00
Application for Reinstatement [489.706] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [489.109] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation Name [489.109] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [489.108] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [489.114] No Fee
Resignation of Registered Agent [489.115] No Fee
Biennial Report [489.209] $45.00
Any Other Document $5.00

Domestic Limited Partnerships (488)

Certificate of Limited Partnership [488.201] $100.00
Certificate of Amendment or Restatement [488.202] $100.00
Statement of Termination [488.203] $20.00
Statement of Correction [488.207] $5.00
Application for Reinstatement [488.810] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [488.109] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [488.109] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [488.108] $5.00
Statement of Change - Designated/Principal Office or
Registered Office/Agent [488.115] $20.00
Resignation of Agent [488.116] $5.00
Biennial Report [488.210] $45.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Domestic Nonprofit Corporations (504)

Articles of Incorporation [504.202] $20.00
Articles of Amendment [504.1005] $10.00
Restated Articles of Incorporation [504.1006] $20.00
Articles of Merger [504.1104] $20.00
Articles of Dissolution [504.1403] $5.00
Articles of Revocation of Dissolution [504.1404] $5.00
Articles of Correction [504.115] $5.00
Application for Reinstatement [504.1423] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [504.402] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [504.402] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [504.401] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [504.502] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [504.503] No Charge
Biennial Report [504.1613] No Charge
Any other Statement or Report $5.00

Domestic Profit Corporations (490)
Domestic Professional Corporations (496C)

Articles of Incorporation [490.202] $50.00
Articles of Amendment [490.1006] $50.00
Restated Articles of Incorporation [490.1007] $50.00
Articles of Merger [490.1106] $50.00
Articles of Share Exchange [490.1106] $50.00
Articles of Dissolution [490.1403] $5.00
Articles of Revocation of Dissolution [490.1404] $5.00
Articles of Correction [490.124] $5.00
Application for Reinstatement [490.1422] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [490.402] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [490.402] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [490.401] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [490.502] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [490.503] No Charge
Biennial Report [490.1622] $45.00
Voluntary Election to Adopt Chapter 490 [490.1701] $5.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Foreign Cooperative Associations (499)

Application for Certificate of Authority [499.54] [490.1503] $100.00
Foreign Amendment [499.54] [490.1503] $100.00
Application for Certificate of Withdrawal $10.00
Articles of Correction [499.54] [490.124] $5.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [499.73] [490.1508] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [499.74] [490.1509] No Charge
Biennial Report [499.49] & [504.1613] No Charge
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Foreign Cooperative Associations (501A)

Application for Certificate of Authority [501A.221] $100.00
Application for Amended Certificate of Authority $100.00
Certificate of Cancellation [501A.222] $10.00
Articles of Correction [501A.204] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [501A.302] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [501A.302] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [501A.301] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [501A.402] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [501A.403] No Charge
Biennial Report [501A.231] $5.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Foreign Limited Liability Companies (489)
Foreign Professional Limited Liability Companies (489)

Application for Certificate of Authority [489.802] $100.00
Application for Amended Certificate of Authority $100.00
Statement of Cancellation [489.807] $10.00
Statement of Correction [489.206] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [489.109] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [489.109] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [489.108] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [489.114] No fee
Resignation of Registered Agent [489.115] No fee
Biennial Report [489.209] $45.00
Any Other Document $5.00

Foreign Limited Partnerships (488)

Application for Certificate of Authority [488.902] $100.00
Application for Amended Certificate of Authority $100.00
Cancellation of Certificate of Authority [488.907] $20.00
Articles of Correction [488.207] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [488.109] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [488.109] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [488.108] $5.00
Statement of Change - Designated/Principal Office or
Registered Office/Agent [488.115] $20.00
Resignation of Registered Agent [488.116] $5.00
Biennial Report [488.210] $45.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Foreign Nonprofit Corporations (504)

Application for Certificate of Authority [504.1503] $25.00
Application for Amended Certificate of Authority [504.1504] $25.00
Application for Withdrawal [504.1521] $5.00
Articles of Correction [504.115] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [504.402] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [504.402] $10.00
Application for Registration of Name [504.403] $2.00/month or part thereof
Renewal of Registration of Name [504.403] $10.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [504.401] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [504.1508] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [504.1509] No Charge
Biennial Report [504.1613] No Charge
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Foreign Profit Corporations (490)
Foreign Professional Corporations (496C)

Application for Certificate of Authority [490.1503] $100.00
Application for Amended Certificate [490.1504] $100.00
Application for Withdrawal [490.1520] $10.00
Articles of Correction [490.124] $5.00
Application for Reservation of Name [490.402] $10.00
Notice of Transfer of Reservation of Name [490.402] $10.00
Application for Registration of Name [490.403] $2.00/month or part thereof
Renewal of Registration of Name [490.403] $20.00
Resolution to Adopt Fictitious Name [490.401] $5.00
Statement of Change of Registered Office or Agent [490.1508] No Charge
Resignation of Registered Agent [490.1509] No Charge
Biennial Report [490.1622] $45.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Limited Liability Partnerships (486A)

Statement of Qualification [486A.1001] $50.00
Statement of Foreign Qualification [486A.1102] $100.00
Amendment to Statement of Qualification [486A.1001] $20.00
Amendment to Statement of Foreign Qualification [486A.1102] $20.00
Cancellation of Statement of Qualification [486A.1001] $20.00
Cancellation of Statement of Foreign Qualification [486A.1102] $20.00
Articles of Correction [486A.1204] $5.00
Any Other Statement or Report $5.00

Miscellaneous Forms

Biennial Agricultural Report No Charge
Registration/Renewal of Athlete Agent $500.00
Registration/Renewal of Travel Agency $15.00
Registration of Transient Merchant See Code [9C.4]
Registration of Credit Services Organization $50.00

Nonprofit Cooperative Associations (498)

Articles of Amendment [498.7] See Code[498.6]
Application for Reinstatement [498.30] [498.24]
Biennial Report [498.24] [504.1613] No Charge

Notary Commissions (9E)

Application for Notary Commission [9E.6] $30.00
Application for Notary Renewal [9E.5] $30.00
Request for Change of Name/Address No Charge
Statement of Complaint No Charge
Notary Certifications/Apostilles $5.00
Certified Copies $5.00, plus $1.00 / page
Uncertified Copies $1.00 / page

Trade Marks and Service Marks (548)

Application for Registration of Marks [548.103] $10.00
Renewal of Mark [548.106] $10.00
Assignment of Mark [548.107] $5.00
Cancellation of Mark [548.109] $5.00

Uniform Commercial Code - Financing Statements

UCC1 Financing Statement $10.00 - 1 or 2 pages
$20.00 - 3 or more pages
UCC1 Financing Statement Addendum (Used in connection with UCC1)
UCC3 Financing Statement Amendment $10.00 - 1 or 2 pages
$20.00 - 3 or more pages
UCC3 Financing Statement Amendment Addendum (Used in connection with UCC3)
Information Request
Lien Search (Telephone or Written Request) $5.00 / debtor
Federal Lien Search $6.00 / debtor
UCC Copies $1.00 / page
UCC Certified Copies $3.00, plus copy charge / page
Federal Lien Copies $6.00 / page
Correction Statement  $10.00 if 1 or 2 pages
$20.00 if 3 or more pages

Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations (501B)

Appointment of Agent [501B.11] No Charge
Amendment to Appointment of Agent [501B.11] No Charge
Cancellation of Appointment of Agent [501B.11] No Charge
Resignation of Appointed Agent [501B.11] No Charge
Merger [501B.30] No Charge

 
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