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-
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
Concord, NH 03301
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
APOSTILLES & CERTIFICATIONS
See IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING VITAL RECORD CERTIFICATION
Many documents which are being filed overseas for adoptions, education, relocations, etc. require an apostille or certification of the Notary Public or Justice of the Peace signature.
Each document must have an original Notary Public or Justice of the Peace signature witnessing the signature of the author of the document. If signed by a notary, the notaries seal must be included in order to be certified by this office. Please have your documents notarized before bringing them to the Secretary of State's Office.
This office cannot certify signatures of town and city clerks, county or state registrars or other state officials. The signatures must be those of a Notary Public or Justice of the Peace for the State of New Hampshire.
A $10.00 fee per certificate is charged. This may be paid in cash or check made payable to the State of New Hampshire. In addition, an expedited fee shall be charged if IMMEDIATE (SAME DAY) service is requested. The expedited fee of $25.00 will be charged for every 10 or more documents submitted for certification, and an additional $25.00 will be charged for every additional ten documents.
Documents hand carried to the Secretary of State's Office will be accepted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The office is located in the State House -
Documents mailed to the office should be accompanied by a letter indicating what country the document is going to, a check in the correct amount and a self-
Mailing address: Secretary of State's Office, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
Some countries are part of THE HAGUE CONVENTION and require APOSTILLE's on documents which are going to be filed in their countries. A listing of countries belonging to the Hague Convention, as well as in-
Documents going to countries NOT listed above will usually require a regular certificate.
CERTIFIED COPIES OF VITAL RECORDS
I. A vital record may NOT be issued, duplicated, sealed, or notarized by any persons other than the division or clerks of towns and cities. These restrictions shall not apply to vital records in the public domain unless a certified copy is requested.
II. Certified copies of vital records shall be issued to the public only by the state registrar or a clerk of a town or city in accordance with this chapter.
The Secretary of State's Office WILL NOT put an apostille on a vital record if it is not submitted in the proper form as stated above.
Location: State House, Room 204
107 North Main Street
Concord, N.H. 03301