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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.

Michigan
Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48918
517-373-2531
http://www.michigan.gov/sos/1,1607,7-127-1638_8734---,00.html
Fee: $1.00
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State.


The intended destination of a document determines the required type of certification. An Apostille is issued for documents intended for use only in foreign countries that are party to the Hague Treaty.  A Certificate of Authority is issued for all other countries, many of which will only accept documents certified at both the state and federal levels.  The original document must be signed in front of a notary public and must contain original signatures.  As a reminder, a notary public cannot make a true copy statement in the State of Michigan.

Only certified copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records by a Michigan County Clerk; City Clerk or Registrar in the counties of Wayne, Oakland, or Macomb only; or the Michigan State Registrar are eligible for authentication.  Original vital records cannot be accepted for this purpose.  Documents issued by court clerks, from other states, or received via fax are not acceptable.

To request certified copies of these records from the State Registrar, please telephone (517) 335-8656.  Note; this is not the phone number for the Office of the Great Seal.  To contact the Office of the Great Seal, please call 1-888-767-6424 or email us at SOSWebmaster@michigan.gov.

The fee for a certificate of authority or apostille is $1.00 per document.

Document authentication is available on a walk-in basis at the following locations:

Office of the Great Seal
Richard H. Austin Building 1st Floor
430 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI

Capital Area SUPER!Center
3315 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI

Clinton Township SUPER!Center
37015 Gratiot Avenue
Clinton Township

Detroit New Center SUPER!Center
Cadillac Place Building
3046 West Grand Boulevard, Suite L650
Downtown Detroit

Flint Area SUPER!Center
5512 Fenton Road
Flint

Grand Rapids SUPER!Center
Centerpoint Mall 6-B
3665 28th Street SE
Grand Rapids

Livonia Area SUPER!Center
17176 Farmington Road
Livonia

Marquette County PLUS
2025 U.S. 41 West
Marquette

Oakland County SUPER!Center
1608 N. Perry Road
Pontiac

If you wish to mail your request, you must use the following address:

Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI  48918.

Enclose a check or money order payable to the State of Michigan in the amount of $1.00 per authentication requested. Please do not send cash.  Your request must also include the country of destination, as well as a self addressed stamped envelope for return of the documents.

If you like your documents returned via courier service, please remember to include a pre-paid air bill, showing yourself as the sender. It may take as long as 1-2 weeks before your documents are returned, depending on the mail delivery and processing time.

Further information may be obtained from the U.S. Department of State Authentications Office at (202) 647-5002.  Or, you may contact the Federal Information Center at (800) 688-9889 and choose option 5.

 
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