Apostille Certificate from the Virginia Secretary of State
How to order an Apostille Certificate from the Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth
An original or certified copy is required. You can order a certified copy of your articles and request an Apostille at the same time, but a separate check for fees is required. We recommend mailing the order. Normal processing takes up to 7 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $10. Expedited service is not available. Always provide the name of the country needing a Virginia Apostille or Certificate of Authentication.
You can order
Cover letter and order form must include the name of the country, payment, pre-addressed stamped envelope for the documents to be returned to you after processing, and a daytime phone number for possible questions. You must enclose an original or certified copy of the document, or a request for a certified copy of the document.
Requested documents may take up to 7 days for processing. You must provide a certified copy or original document. You will want to have your payment handy.
Do you need to order a certified copy at the same time or does the fee include a certified copy?
A Virginia certified copy can be ordered at the same time. However, a separate check for the apostille fee is required. This fee does not include a certified copy.
How much does it cost to obtain a Virginia Apostille?
$10 per document for normal processing.
Is expedited processing available?
Check or Money Order. Make check or money order payable to: Secretary of the Commonwealth.
How long does it take to get an Apostille Certification from Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth?
Normal processing: 5-7 business days, plus additional time for mailing.
Counter Service: 5-7 business days.
How will the Apostille Certificate come back after I order from the Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth?
It will be returned by the type of pre-addressed prepaid envelope or UPS/Fed Ex airbill enclosed. Return service by fax or email is not available.
Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth
Attn. Authentication Request
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
(804)786-2441 or (804)692-0114 phone
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