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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.

Washington
Office of the Secretary of State
Corporations Division
Apostille and Certificate Program
PO Box 40228
Olympia, WA 98504-0228
360-586-2268
http://www.sos.wa.gov
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State; Director, Department of Licensing.

How to obtain an Apostille or Certification

What is an Apostille?

Please Read!  Apostille certificates are issued by a state government only for documents which have been signed by a government official (or a Notary Public) of that same state. You cannot request a Washington Apostille on your documents if your documents have been signed by a government official in Oregon for example. You would need to obtain an Oregon Apostille from the government of Oregon instead.

For document types, and where to obtain them, please see APOSTILLE DOCUMENT GUIDELINES.

In order to obtain an apostille you must send the following information: APOSTILLE or CERTIFICATE COVER LETTER

Original notarized document to be authenticated or a certified copy to be authenticated that includes the original certification.
Fee is copy5.00 per document (a document can be more than one page). Make check or money order payable to: Secretary of State.
Cover Letter, which must include:
The name of the country requesting documents. (Countries require different certifications and the document cannot be certified without this information.);
A daytime phone number for possible questions; and
Information on where the documents should be mailed after processing.
Vital Records Document:

If the document is a vital records document (birth certificate, death certificate, marriage license, or divorce decree, etc.), then you must contact the County in which the document originated or the State Department of Health and request a certified copy of that document; then submit the certified copy to the Office of the Secretary of State with the filing fee of copy5.00 per document made payable to the Office of the Secretary of State.

NOTICE: We do not process FBI Clearance letters. They can only be processed at the US Department of State, in Washington DC.

NOTE: Current requests are averaging 5 to 7 business days for completion.

Once you have gathered the necessary documents you may visit us in person or mail it to:

Corporations Division
Apostille and Certificate Program
801 Capitol Way South
PO Box 40228
OLYMPIA WA 98504-0228

Read more at http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/apostilles/HowtoobtainanApostilleorCertification.aspx

 
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