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Apostille Certificate From The Alabama Secretary Of State

How To Order An Apostille Certificate From the Alabama Secretary Of State

What you need to order the apostille:

  • Certified copy of your formation documents
  • $5 per document (check or money order only)
  • The name of the country requiring the apostille
  • Two days wait time (no expedite service available)

An original or certified copy is required. You can order a certified copy of your Certificate of Formation and request an Apostille at the same time. However, Apostille Certificates are processed in a different office, and they do not accept credit cards. We recommend mailing the order, since they only accept checks or money orders. Normal processing takes up to 2 days, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $5 per document. Expedited service is not available. Always provide the name of the country needing an Apostille.

You can order an Apostille certificate…

By Mail:

Include the name of the country, address the documents should be mailed to after processing, Fed Ex account number, and phone number for possible questions on your cover letter. If you are not providing a Fed Ex account number, you must provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope. You must enclose an original or certified copy of the document, or a request for a certified copy of the document.

By Fax:

You may fax your order only if requesting the certified copy at the same time. However, you will still have to mail or hand-deliver a check or money order for the fee. Include the name of the country, address the documents should be mailed to after processing, Fed Ex account number, and phone number for possible questions on your fax coversheet.

In Person:

Requested documents can usually be provided the same day. You must provide a certified copy or original document. If you are requesting a certified copy at the same time, you will have to go across the hall to the Corporations Department to request your certified copy and then they will provide it to this department for preparation of the Apostille.

Do you need to order a certified copy at the same time or does the fee include a certified copy?

This fee does not include a certified copy. A certified copy can be ordered at the same time. However, certified copies are processed through a different department.

How much does it cost to obtain an Alabama State Apostille?

$5 per document.

Is expedited processing available?

No. However, you may provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or Fed Ex account number to speed up mailing.

Payment options?

Check or Money Order:  Make check or money order payable to: Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get an Apostille Certificate from Alabama Secretary of State?

Expedited processing: not available.

Counter Service: usually the same day (in person only).

Normal processing: 1-2 business days, plus additional time for mailing.

How will the Apostille Certificate come back after I order from the Alabama Secretary of State?

It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or Fed Ex account number. Return service by fax or email is not available.

Forms:

Alabama Certificate of Existence

Contact Info:

Alabama Secretary of State
Authentications Division
11 S. Union St. Suite 200-A
PO Box 5616
Montgomery, AL 36103-5616
(334)242-5325 phone
(334)353-7473 Jackie’s direct line
(334)353-8269 fax
Email:  Jacquelin.Barnes@sos.alabama.gov

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