Requesting Authentication Services


You can request authentication services by mail:

By Mail

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


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
44132 Mercure Circle
P.O. Box 1206
Sterling, VA  20166-1206


  • 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. 

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