Authenticate Your Document

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.

Office of Authentications

Physical Address:
Office of Authentications
600 19th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Mailing Address:
U.S. Department of State
Office of Authentications
CA/PPT/S/TO/AUT
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1206
Sterling, VA 20166-1206

Hours: 
Walk-Ins
Suspended due to COVID-19

Appointment Services
Suspended due to COVID-19

Phone: 202-485-8000
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
Closed Federal Holidays

 

We provide signed certificates of authenticity for a variety of documents to individuals, institutions, and government agencies to be used abroad. The country in which the document will be used determines the type of certificate needed. 

  • An apostille is for documents to be used in countries that participated in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.
  • Authentication certificates are for documents to be used in countries that do not participate in the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.

If you need U.S. Department of State documents to be authenticated, please refer to the Office of Vital Records.

Processing Times: We will process your request in 5 to 6 weeks from the date we receive it. We are offering mail-in service but we are not currently offering in-person appointment service.

Fees: Authentications fees are $20 per document for all services, including rejections and requests that are not ready to be processed by our office because they require additional certification. Please make sure to mail the correct fee with your request to avoid any delays in service.

Form DS-4194, Request for Authentication Service, has expired and includes the previous fee. Please use the expired form when requesting services and include the new fee of $20. 

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Examples of Documents that May Require Authentication for Use Abroad:

  • Company bylaws
  • Dossiers
  • Powers of attorney
  • Trademarks
  • Diplomas
  • Treaties
  • Warrants
  • Extraditions
  • Agreements
  • Certificates of good standing
  • Courier letters

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