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Office of Authentications

The U.S. Department of State issues both Authentication Certificates and Apostilles. The determination of which certificate is issued is based on the country in which the document will be used.  Authentication Certificates are issued for documents which are destined for use in countries that are not parties to the Hague Apostille Convention, and Apostille Certificates are issued for documents destined for use in countries that are.

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 may require authentication for use abroad may include, but are not limited to, company bylaws, powers of attorney, trademarks, diplomas, treaties, warrants, extraditions, agreements, certificates of good standing, and courier letters.  

Authentication Certificate Requirements


For detailed information on Authentication Services including document requirements, submitting documents, and service fees, please visit:

Apostille Requirements


For the more information on the requirements for the issuance of Apostilles, please click here.

Office of Authentications

Physical Address:

  Office of Authentications
  U.S. Department of State
  600 19th Street, NW
  Washington, DC 20006

Mailing Address:

  Office of Authentications
  U.S. Department of State
  CA/PPT/S/TO/AUT
  1st Floor
  1150 Passport Services PL
  Dulles, VA 20189-1150

Telephone:

  202-485-8000

  Note: During inclement weather
  conditions, please check the OPM
  Website to determine the open status
  of the Federal Government.

Telephone Inquiries

To inquire about the status of your documents, please call the Office of Authentications:

Phone:  202-485-8000

  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 
  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
  Monday through Friday

When calling for a telephone inquiry, you must indicate whether a request form DS-4194 (PDF version) was submitted and provide the following:

* Full name and/or name of company
* Type of document(s)
* Country of use
* Number of document(s)
* Complete return address
* Type of mail service used to return the
   document(s) if applicable; include
   tracking number
* Type of payment submitted 

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment or speak with an Authentications Specialist, please call the Office of Authentications:

Phone:  202-485-8000

  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 
  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
  Monday through Friday

Appointment Services:

  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 
  2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Monday through Friday

  Note:  All Federal Holidays are
  excluded.