How to Get an Authentication (or Apostille)

When a document is to go to a foreign country, it is often necessary to have the notariza​tion or official certification authenticated. Some countries call this an apostille. 

Download the Request for Authentication Form (PDF​)

Authenticating an Oregon Notarization

The procedure is simple. Send the original, notarized document to us, or bring it to our office in Salem. We charge $10 for each apostille. You need a separate apostille, or authentication, for each notarized document. If you bring it in, we will do the apostille/authentication while you wait - normally less than 20 minutes for each document.

Authenticating a Vital Record

When you need a vital record (birth/death certificate, marriage or dissolution of marriage certificate, etc.) authenticated, you should first get a certified copy of the record from the Oregon Center for Health Statistics. A certified copy of a county record is not appropriate. Only the Oregon Center for Health Statistics can issue a valid, current vital record.

After you get the vital record, send the certified copy to us, or bring it to our office in Salem. We charge $10 for each apostille. You will need a different apostille, or authentication, for each document. If you bring it in, we will do the apostille/authentication while you wait - generally under 20 minutes.

Authenticating a Transcript or Diploma

When you need an Oregon high school or college transcript or diploma authenticated, you must have the person in charge of the records - normally the registrar - sign on the record a statement certifying to its authenticity

Send the original, notarized document to us or bring it to our office in Salem. We charge $10 for each apostille. You will need a separate apostille for each notarized document. If you bring it in, we will do the apostille/authentication while you wait - normally less than 20 minutes.​​​​​​​

International Apostille Certificate Format

The Secretary of State uses the Model Apostille Certificate of the Hague Conference on Private International Law, processed according to the national Uniform Apostille Standards. Check out this sample certificate and description. 

​Learn about delivery options for your apostille request.​

A​postille and Authentication Brochure

Apostilles and Authentication (PDF)

No​tary Spanish Language Documents

Servicios de Apostillas y A​utenticación (PDF)

No​tary Russian Language Documents