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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.

Nebraska
Office of Secretary of State
Notary Division
Box 95104
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2558
http://www.sos.ne.gov/
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State.

Apostilles and Authentications are certifications of a state notary's signature or county official's signature on a document. An apostille is a form of certification set by countries belonging to the Hague Convention. An authentication is a form of certification used by all other countries not in the Hague Convention.

Documents that may require an apostille or authentication are:
birth or death certificates
marriage licenses
divorce decrees
documentation for overseas adoptions
school transcripts
school diplomas or degrees
any business documentation for overseas
Power of Attorney documents
These documents must be issued by Nebraska officials, otherwise, the Secretary of State's office can not authenticate them.

When requesting an apostille or authentication it is important to included the following:
original document signed by a Nebraska notary or county official
a $10.00 statutory fee per document being authenticated
what country this document is going to
instructions where certification should be sent when completed
phone number of where you can be reached if we should have questions
The Notary Division has same day service for all apostilles and authentications. Therefore, the day we receive your document it will be processed and mailed out the same day. Documents are mailed by first class mail. If you want express mail then you will need to provide a pre-paid addressed airbill.

Send your apostille or authentication request to:

Nebraska Secretary of State
Notary Division
PO Box 95104
Lincoln, NE 68509

or

Nebraska Secretary of State
Notary Division
State Capitol Bldg., Rm. 1301
1445 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68508

 
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