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

By Mail:
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.

In Person:
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?


Payment options?

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.

Contact Info:

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
(804)371-0017 fax

Virginia Apostille Forms