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
Cheyenne, WY 82002-
Designated Authority: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State.
Apostille or Signature Authorization
On October 15, 1981, the United States became part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. The Convention simplified the authentication process of public documents to be used in nations that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention. Only those nations party to the Hague Treaty will recognize the apostille certification.
If a document is going to be used in a nation not party to the 1961 Hague Convention, then a certification certificate is used in place of an apostille. These foreign governments also require the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy or Consulate of the foreign nation where the document is to be used to authenticate the document in order for it to be considered legal.
The document must be certified by a Wyoming official such as a County Clerk or Deputy, State Registrar or Deputy, State Examiner, or acknowledged before a Wyoming Notary Public.
All signatures must be original.
All documents in a foreign language must be accompanied by a certified (notarized) English translation.
The fee is $3 per document. All checks (personal or company) or money orders should be made payable to the Wyoming Secretary of State.
A written request for apostilles or certifications should include the name of the country where the document is destined to assure proper authentication
Office of Authentications
The Authentications Office will not be servicing walk-
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Exceptions will be made with proof of travel via Airline and Train tickets.
In accordance with 22 CFR, Part 131, the Office of Authentications provides signed certificates of authenticity for a variety of documents to individuals, institutions, and government agencies. Examples of documents that might require authentication for use abroad include company bylaws, powers of attorney, trademark, diplomas, treaties, warrants, extraditions, agreements, certificates of good standing, and courier letters. Learn more about requirements for Authentication Certificates and Apostilles from the State Department.
Are you looking for certification of American citizen birth, death, or marriage abroad? Please contact the Passport Office of the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs.
Requesting Authentication Services
Make sure you really need a State Department authentication certificate or apostille. In many cases, an apostille or authentication from the government of the U.S. state where your document(s) originate is what you really need. Learn more about state government authentications and apostilles.
Plan ahead. The average processing time for mail-
Ensure that you have all the required certifications for your document(s). Review certification requirements.
Complete form DS-
Submit payment to the Office of Authentications at the U.S. Department of State. Requests are accepted by mail, courier, or in person. Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted for walk-