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The fee to authenticate documents has increased to $20 per document. Form DS-4194, Request for Authentication Services has expired and includes the previous fee. Please use the expired form and include the new fee of $20 per document. We will process your request in 10 to 11 weeks from the date we receive it. We are offering mail-in service but we are not currently offering in-person appointment service.
We will process your request in 10-11 weeks from the date we receive it.
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.