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What is an Apostille?  

Under the Hague Convention, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those public documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an "apostille."  The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.

IMPORTANT NOTICE RELATING TO APOSTILLES

How do I obtain an Apostille or Authentication?

Submitting your Document to the Department of State

  1. Albany Office - The document, together with the $10 fee, may be mailed to the Department of State, Miscellaneous/State Records Bureau, 41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231 for authentication. The country where the document is being sent to must be specified. The telephone number of the Miscellaneous/State Records Bureau is (518) 474-8642. You may also bring your document to the Albany Office for processing between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  2. New York City Office - The document, together with the $10 fee, may be mailed to the Department of State, Certification Unit, 123 William Street, 19th Floor, New York, NY 10038. The country where the document is being sent to must be specified. The telephone number is (212) 417-5684. You may also bring your document to the New York City Office for processing between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  3. Processing documents submitted by mail is usually completed within 2 to 4 business days. To assist our office in processing your document in a timely manner, you may wish to include a daytime telephone number so that we may contact you should any questions arise.
  4. Documents may be submitted in person at either of the above offices. Processing a document submitted in person is usually completed while you wait.

Fees

*Obtained from the Department of State Website.