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Designated Competent Authority(ies):

The United States of America has three tiers of authorities competent to issue the apostille certificate. The U.S. Department of State Authentication Office affixes apostilles to documents issued by Federal agencies of the United States. 

The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, Passport Services, Vital Records Section affixes apostilles to Consular Reports of Birth, Death and Marriage of U.S. Citizens abroad and certificates of birth and death originally issued by the Panama Canal Zone Government between 1904 and 1979.

The Clerks and Deputy Clerks of the Federal Courts of the United States are authorized to issue apostilles on documents issued by those courts. As an alternative, the U.S. Department of Justice may authenticate the seal of the Federal court and the U.S. Department of State Authentications Office will then place an apostille over that seal. 

Public documents issued by U.S. states, the District of Columbia and other U.S. jurisdictions may be legalized with an apostille by designated authorities in each jurisdiction, generally the state Secretary of State’s office.  

I. Authentication Officer, Acting Authentication Officer and Assistant Authentication Officer, United States Department of State.

Contact details:

Address: Authentication Officer, Acting Authentication Officer and Assistant Authentication Officer, United States Department of State:

518 23rd Street N.W.
WASHINGTON, DC 20520
United States of America

Telephone: +1 (202) 647-5002
Fax: +1 (202) 663-3636
Contact persons: Denitra T. Hawkins, Authentication Officer
Fernesia T. Crawford, Assistant Authentication Officer
Patrick O. Hatchett, Assistant Authentication Officer
Sonya N. Johnson, Assistant Authentication Officer
Joan C. Hampton, Assistant Authentication Officer
Annie R. Maddux, Assistant Authentication Officer

E-mail:

General website (see also "Practical Information"):

[email protected] 

Department of State: http://www.state.gov/m/a/auth/

National Association of Secretaries of State, Notary Public Administrators Section (providing information about the authorities in the individual U.S. states who affix Apostilles to documents originating in those states):
www.nass.org.


II. All clerks and deputy clerks for the following:

Supreme Court of the United States
United States Court of Claims
United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals
United States Court of International Trade
United States Courts of Appeals for the following circuits:
District of Columbia Circuit
First Circuit
Second Circuit
Third Circuit
Fourth Circuit
Fifth Circuit
Sixth Circuit
Seventh Circuit
Eighth Circuit
Ninth Circuit
Tenth Circuit
Eleventh Circuit

United States District Courts for the following districts:
Middle District of Alabama
Northern District of Alabama
Southern District of Alabama
District of Alaska
District of Arizona
Eastern District of Arkansas
Western District of Arkansas
Central District of California
Eastern District of California
Northern District of California
Southern District of California
District of Colorado
District of Connecticut
District of Delaware
District of Columbia
Middle District of Florida
Northern District of Florida
Southern District of Florida
Middle District of Georgia*
Northern District of Georgia*
Southern District of Georgia*
District of Hawaii
District of Idaho
Central District of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois
Southern District of Illinois
Northern District of Indiana
Southern District of Indiana
Northern District of Iowa
Southern District of Iowa
District of Kansas
Eastern District of Kentucky
Western District of Kentucky
Eastern District of Louisiana
Middle District of Louisiana
Western District of Louisiana
District of Maine
District of Maryland
District of Massachusetts
Eastern District of Michigan
Western District of Michigan
District of Minnesota
Northern District of Mississippi
Southern District of Mississippi
Eastern District of Missouri
Western District of Missouri
District of Montana
District of Nebraska
District of Nevada
District of New Hampshire
District of New Jersey
District of New Mexico
Eastern District of New York
Northern District of New York
Southern District of New York
Western District of New York
Eastern District of North Carolina
Middle District of North Carolina
Western District of North Carolina
District of North Dakota
Northern District of Ohio
Southern District of Ohio
Eastern District of Oklahoma
Northern District of Oklahoma
Western District of Oklahoma
District of Oregon
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Middle District of Pennsylvania
Western District of Pennsylvania
District of Puerto Rico
District of Rhode Island
District of South Carolina
District of South Dakota
Eastern District of Tennessee
Middle District of Tennessee
Western District of Tennessee
Eastern District of Texas
Northern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
District of Utah
District of Vermont
Eastern District of Virginia (E)
Western District of Virginia (W)
Eastern District of Washington
Western District of Washington
Northern District of West Virginia
Southern District of West Virginia
Eastern District of Wisconsin
Western District of Wisconsin
District of Wyoming

District Courts for the following territories:
District Court for the District of the Canal Zone
District Court of Guam
District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands
District Court of the Virgin Islands

A short, all-encompassing and more manageable description for II would be:

"Clerks and deputy clerks of the following:
The Supreme Court of the United States, the Courts of Appeals for the First through the Eleventh Circuits and the District of Columbia Circuit, the United States District Courts, the United States Court of Claims, the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals, the United States Court of International Trade, the United States District Court for the District of the Canal Zone, the District Court of Guam, the District Court of the Virgin Islands, and the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands."

Contact details:

Full contact details:

All the designated clerks and deputy clerks
http://www.uscourts.gov/links.html


III. Officers of the individual States and other subdivisions as indicated:

States:

Alabama: Secretary of State
www.sos.state.al.us/AdminServices/Authentications.aspx
Alaska: Lieutenant Governor; Attorney General and Clerk of the Appellate Courts
http://apostille.alaska.gov
Arizona: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State
www.azsos.gov/business_services/notary/Apostille.htm
Arkansas: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State
sos.arkansas.gov/BCS/Pages/apostilleCertification.aspx
California:

Secretary of State; any Assistant Secretary of State; any Deputy Secretary of State
http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/authentication.htm

e-Register: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/apostille-search/

Colorado:

Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/notary/apostilleHelp.html
e-Register: http://www.sos.state.co.us/auth/VerifyApostilleSearch.do

Connecticut:* Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State; Director, Commercial Recording Division
www.sots.ct.gov/sots/cwp/view.asp?a=3177&q=392130&SOTSNav_GID=1844
Delaware: Secretary of State; Acting Secretary of State
http://corp.delaware.gov/apost_info.shtml
http://corp.delaware.gov/reqguide.shtml
Florida: Secretary of State
http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notproc7.html
Georgia:* Georgia Superior Courts Clerks’ Cooperative Authority
1875 Century Blvd.  Ste. 100
Atlanta, GA  30345
404-327-6023
[email protected]
Contact person: Peter Keesom
http://www.gsccca.org/projects/apost.asp
Hawaii: Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii
http://hawaii.gov/ltgov/office/apostilles
Idaho: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State; Notary Public Clerk
http://www.sos.idaho.gov/notary/apostill.htm
Illinois: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
cookcountyclerk.com/vitalrecords/authenticatingnotaries/pages/default.aspx

cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/index/notary/home.html
Indiana: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
http://www.in.gov/sos/business/apostille/
Iowa: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
http://www.sos.state.ia.us/pdfs/notaries/notfaq.pdf
Kansas: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State; any Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
www.kssos.org/business/notary_public/certifications.html
Kentucky: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State
www.sos.ky.gov/adminservices/apostilles.htm
Louisiana: Secretary of State
www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/134/Default.aspx
Maine: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
http://maine.gov/sos/cec/notary/apostilles.html
Maryland: Secretary of State
http://www.sos.state.md.us/Certifications/Certifications.aspx
Massachusetts: Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for Public Records beginning in 1981 through January 13, 1995)
Deputy Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (beginning January 16, 1995 through November 16, 1995)
Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (from November 17, 1995)
www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/precom/comidx.htm
Michigan: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1638_8734---,00.html
Minnesota: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=984
Mississippi: Secretary of State; any Assistant Secretary of State
website
Missouri: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.sos.mo.gov/business/commissions/certify.asp
Montana: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State; Government Affairs Bureau Chief
http://sos.mt.gov/Notary/Certifications/index.asp
Nebraska: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.sos.state.ne.us/business/notary/not_auth.html
Nevada: Secretary of State; Chief Deputy Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=124
New Hampshire: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.sos.nh.gov/certific.htm
New Jersey: * Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State
nj.gov/treasury/revenue/apostilles.shtml
New Mexico: Secretary of State
sos.state.nm.us/Business_Services/Apostille_Information_Overview.aspx
New York: Secretary of State; Executive Deputy Secretary of State; any Deputy Secretary of State; any Special Deputy Secretary of State
http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corps/apostille.html
North Carolina:

Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.secretary.state.nc.us/authen/

e-Register: http://www.secretary.state.nc.us/verification/

North Dakota: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
www.nd.gov/sos/notaryserv/certifications.html
Ohio: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State
sos.state.oh.us/recordsIndexes/authentication.aspx
Oklahoma: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State; Budget Officer of the Secretary of State
https://www.sos.ok.gov/business/apostilles.aspx
Oregon:

Secretary of State
Corporation Division
255 Capitol St. NE, Ste 151
Salem, OR 97310
503-986-2200
503-378-6520 (fax)
[email protected]
Contact person: Tom Wrosch
filinginoregon.com/pages/notary/authentication/index.html

Pennsylvania: Secretary of the Commonwealth; any Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth; Commissioner of the Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation
dos.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/certifications%2C_apostilles%2C_and_the_authentication_of_documents/12630
Rhode Island:

Secretary of State; First Deputy Secretary of State; Second Deputy Secretary of State
http://sos.ri.gov/business/apostilles/  

e-Register: http://ucc.state.ri.us/E-App/login.php

South Carolina: Secretary of State
www.scsos.com/Apostilles
South Dakota: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
sdsos.gov/content/viewcontent.aspx?cat=adminservices&pg=/adminservices/apostilles.shtm
Tennessee: Secretary of State
http://tennessee.gov/sos/bus_svc/apostillesFAQs.htm
Texas:

Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State; Director
P.O. Box 13550
AUSTIN, Texas 78701
Fee:  $15 (with exception for adoption)
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/authinfo.shtml

e-Register: https://sosdirectws.sos.state.tx.us/pdfondemand/CertValidation.aspx

Utah: Lieutenant Governor; Deputy Lieutenant Governor; Administrative Assistant
http://www.authentications.utah.gov/
Vermont: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
http://vermont-archives.org/notary/guide/Notary5.htm
Virginia: Secretary of the Commonwealth; Chief Clerk, Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
website
Washington (State): Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State; Director, Department of Licensing
www.secstate.wa.gov/corps/apostilles/
West Virginia:

Secretary of State; Under Secretary of State; any Deputy Secretary of State
http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/authentications/Pages/default.aspx

e-Register: http://apps.sos.wv.gov/business/apostilles/

Wisconsin: Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State
www.sos.state.wi.us/apostilles.htm
Wyoming: Secretary of State; Deputy Secretary of State
website


Other Subdivisions:

Other Subdivisions:

American Samoa: Secretary of American Samoa; Attorney General of American Samoa
District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.): Executive Secretary; Assistant Executive Secretary; Mayor's Special Assistant and Assistant to the Executive Secretary; Secretary of the District of Columbia
Guam (Territory of): Director, Department of Administration; Acting Director, Department of Administration; Deputy Director, Department of Administration; Acting Deputy Director, Department of Administration
Northern Mariana Islands (Commonwealth of the): Attorney General; Acting Attorney General; Clerk of the Court, Commonwealth Trial Court; Deputy Clerk, Commonwealth Trial Court
Puerto Rico (Commonwealth of): Under Secretary of State; Assistant Secretary of State for External Affairs; Assistant Secretary of State; Chief, Certifications Office; Director, Office of Protocol; Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs, Chief, Certification Office
Virgin Islands of the United States no authority designated".

* By Note dated 12 December 1997, the Embassy of the United States of America in The Hague informed the depositary that in accordance with Article 6, paragraph 2, the Legislature of the State of Georgia has designated the Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority as the only appropriate entity to issue apostilles in the state of Georgia effective 1 February 1998.
By communication dated 2 November 2006, the State Department informed the Permanent Bureau that for New Jersey, the competent authority is now the New Jersey Division of Revenue.
By communication dated 3 August 2009, the Embassy of the United States of America in The Hague informed the depositary of additional competent authorities for the state of Connecticut.

Contact details:

Full contact details: States competent authorities - Secretary of State (NASS website)

Practical Information:

Price:

The U.S. Department of State Authentication Office charges $8.00 per document.

The U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office charges no fee for issuance of an apostille on a document bearing the seal of a U.S. embassy or consulate. 

The fees charged by individual U.S. states vary, ranging from US$3 to US$20.

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(This page was last updated on 31 January 2013)

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