Requesting Authentication Services

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You can request authentication services by mail:

By Mail

We will process your request in 8 weeks from the date we receive it. 

Reminders:

What to include when you request authentications by mail:

  • A completed Request of Authentications Service DS-4194 form – specify the document’s country of use in Section 4
  • The document(s) requiring authentication services
  • Fees. Authentications fees are $20 per document for all services.
  • One self-addressed, prepaid envelope for return of your document (don't include FedEx)

Mail your packet to the following address:

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
CA/PPT/S/TO/AUT
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1206
Sterling, VA  20166-1206

Note:

  • We recommend using trackable mail from USPS. You'll receive an update when your mail has reached our mail distribution center but not our physical office location. 
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Pay by Check or Money Order

  • Personal or company checks, and money orders must be submitted with mail-in document(s).
    • We cannot accept temporary, starter, or bank fill-in checks.
    • All check numbers must be over 100.
    • Checks must be dated within the last six months.
  • Checks and money orders are payable to the U.S. Department of State.
    • Name and address must be pre-printed on the check without changes.    
Last Updated: February 8, 2023