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 the Secretary of State
State Capitol North Annex, Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87503
Designated Authority: Secretary of State
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The Office of the Secretary of State is the only office in New Mexico authorized to issue a certification, or apostille, for a notarized document going to a foreign country. This office also issues certifications and apostilles for other public documents issued by government agencies, including those issued by County Clerks and the New Mexico State Registrar of Vital Records. Apostilles are accepted by those countries that are members of the Hague Conference of October 1961 on Private International Law (Convention #12). A listing of the member countries of the Hague Conference (Convention #12) is available at the Hague Conference's website or by contacting our office.
An apostille is attached to a notarized original document or a certified recorded instrument. For documents that are notarized, the apostille verifies that the person who notarized the document was appointed to a notary public commission in New Mexico at the time of the notarization. For certified recorded instruments issued by government agencies, the apostille verifies that the person who certified the document was an appointed or elected official in New Mexico at the time of the certification. Examples of public documents include birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, and school transcripts. If you should need a certified copy of your divorce decree, contact your District Court Clerk at www.nmcourts.com in the district where your divorce was filed. For a certified copy of your marriage license, contact the County Clerk listed at the County Clerks page where you applied for your marriage license.
Notarized documents going to foreign countries that are not party to the Hague Convention receive a certificate of appointment. A certificate of appointment also certifies that the individual who performed the notarization was appointed to a notary public commission at the time of the notarization.
The statutory fee for a certificate of appointment or an apostille is $3.00 per document. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: “Secretary of State.” You may request an apostille or certificate in person or by mail. Requests are processed daily. Our office is located at the New Mexico State Capitol North, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Our hours are 8:00 AM-
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