Virginia Apostille

The Old Dominion State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State

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  1. Bullet Richmond


  1. Bullet$10 per apostille

  2. Bullet$5 per apostille for each additional document, if the testament bears the same name and on the same date

Payments can be maid by:

  1. - check

  2. - money order

  3. - cash

Checks or money orders must be made payable to the
Secretary of the Commonwealth

Turnaround time

  1. Bulletunspecified
    for mail orders

  2. Bulletover the counter
    for walk-in requests


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Last update: 8/30/2009

Acceptable document certifiers:

  1. Bullet notary publics

  2. Bullet clerks and deputy clerks of Virginia courts

  3. Bullet registrars and deputy registrars of the Department of Health

  4. Bullet the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission

  1. Bullet All documents for Authentication must be less than one year old.

  2. Bullet All marriage, birth, death, divorce certificates and single status statements must be issued from Department of Vital Records in the past 12 months.

  3. Bullet Marriage Certificates may also be issued by the corresponding Circuit Court as exemplified copies or certified with triple seals.

  4. Bullet All other documents must be properly notarized by a Virginia notary and be less than one year old.

Examples of documents which can be apostilled in the State of Virginia:

  1. Bullet Official state registry of birth, death, marriage and divorce obtained from the Department of Vital Records and signed by a State Registrar or Deputy State Registrar, and not notarized

  2. Bullet Marriage certificates can also be obtained from the Circuit Court in the city where the marriage was recorded. These black and white certificates must be accompanied by a Triple Seal Page, also called an Authentication of Record. This is a separate sheet of paper from the Court with the signatures and seals of the Court Clerk and Judge. This additional page must be attached to your document.

  3. Bullet Business documents, such as Certificates of Good Standing, Articles of Incorporation and Corporate Amendments and Resolutions obtained through the State Corporation Commission which bear the signature of the Clerk of the State Corporation Commission and do not need notarization.

  4. Bullet All other documents requiring authentication for foreign use should be notarized by a Virginia notary. These documents include Power of Attorney, school transcripts and diplomas, and copies of passports and immigration paperwork.