About the Office of Authentications

We issue both apostilles and authentication certificates. The country in which you will use the document determines the type of certificate you need:

  • An apostille is for documents you use in countries in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.
  • Authentication certificates are for documents you use in countries not in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.

Prepare your document and mail your form

To request authentications service, follow these steps:

Processing Times: We will process your request in 4 weeks from the date we receive it. We are offering mail-in service only. 

Fees: You must pay $20 for each document request to our office. Pay your fees to the U.S. Department of State, and by check or money order. 

Address and Hours of Operation

Mailing Address:

U.S. Department of State
Office of Authentications
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1206
Sterling, VA 20166-1206


8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (closed federal holidays)

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Last Updated: May 10, 2024