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You should expect delays in processing your authentications request during the COVID-19 pandemic. It may take us 5-6 weeks to process your request form the date we receive it. Please consider waiting to send your request until we resume normal operations.
What to include when you request authentications by mail:
Mail your packet to the following address:
Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1206
Sterling, VA 20166-1206
We have suspended in-person counter service during the COVID-19 pandemic and are only offering mail-in service at this time.
Criteria for urgent cases:
You may be eligible for urgent service if your immediate family member has died or is seriously ill or injured while abroad and you need to travel outside of the United States within 72 hours (3 business days). Immediate family members include parents, legal guardians, children, spouses, siblings, and grandparents.
We charge $20 to authenticate each document you submit for all services, including rejections and requests that are not ready to be processed by our office because they require additional certification.