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Getting an Apostille in the USA

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.

Secretary of State
101 N. Carson Street, #3
Carson City, NV 89701-4786
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State.

The Office of Secretary of State provides Authentication of Signatures, also known as Apostilles or Certifications. Any document to be presented to a governing body of a foreign country, or a document to be used for official business within the United States is eligible for this service. Examples include:

Marriage Certificates
Birth and Death Certificates
Letters of Eligibility of Marital Status
Powers of Attorney
Parental Permission Slips
Foreign Adoption Papers
Authorization to Conduct Business in Foreign Countries
A certified copy of marriage or divorce decrees or certificates of birth or death can be obtained from the County Recorder/County Clerk of the county in which the event occurred. Certified copies of birth and death certificates can be obtained from the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics, 4150 Technology Way Room 104 Carson City, Nevada 89706.

Procedures for Receiving an Apostille or Certificate from the Secretary of State:

Obtain a Certified Copy of Nevada Document from the county where the event occurred.
Complete and print out the Apostille/Certification Order Form. Any request for an apostille must be accompanied with this Apostille Order Form. Any apostille request submitted without this form will be returned.
Apostille/Certification Order Form (PDF)
Submit the certificate document and order form to:
  Nevada Secretary of State
  101 North Carson St., Suite 3
  Carson City, NV. 89701
along with a money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card number and expiration date, in the amount of the service you are requesting in U.S. currency for each certification required. In addition, it is necessary to provide an email address, a return address or self-addressed,  envelope AND the name of the country in which the Apostille/Certification will be used.
Authentication of a Nevada Notarized Document:

For the authentication of a Notary signature on most other documents, the document needs to be notarized by a Nevada notary and submitted to:
  Nevada Secretary of State
  101 North Carson St., Suite 3
  Carson City, NV. 89701
along with the associated fee in U.S. currency or a Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card number, expiration date, the name of the country in which the document will be used, an email address, and a return address or self-addressed, stamped envelope.

All documents are returned by First Class Mail, regardless if the document is Expedited. If you want your documents returned using a special handling company please include a pre-paid self addressed mailing envelope or if paying by credit card, include approval to charge the special handling fees to the credit card.

Expedited and Authentication Service is available in the Las Vegas Area. The Secretary of State's office at 555 E. Washington Avenue, Suite 5200, Las Vegas Nevada 89101 can assist with this process. Phone 702-486-2880.

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