Illinois Apostille

The Prairie State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State

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  1. Bullet Springfield


  1. Bullet $2 per apostille

Payments can be maid by:

  1. -check

  2. -money order

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

Turnaround time

  1. Bullet5-7 business days
    for mail orders

  2. Bulletover the counter
    for walk-in requests


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  1. BulletA notary cannot certify copies of documents or signatures.

  2. BulletAll documents must be originals.

  3. BulletOut-of-state officials cannot be certified.

Any document that has been notarized or certified must be submitted to the Secretary of State Index Department for apostille certification.

  1. Bullet Common reasons documents do not receive apostille certification:

  2. Bulletincorrect fees

  3. Bulletlack of notarization or certification by the proper official

  4. Bulletname of country where the document will be used not specified

  5. Bulletproblem with notarization (i.e., notary did not sign the document or did not affix rubber stamp seal)

  6. Bulletrubber stamp seal has incorrect commission date of the notary

  7. Bulletnotary signature or stamp does not match the way the notary has been appointed

  8. Bulletschool diplomas and transcripts not originally signed and notarized

All information on this page is derived from official sources.

Last update: 9/28/2008

Documents should be certified by the official who has custody of the original document, or by the office where the document was officially filed, i.e.:

  1. BulletBirth certificate -- Must be a certified copy from the County Clerk, Local Registrar or Illinois Department of Public Health.

  2. BulletMarriage license -- Must be a certified copy from the County Clerk.

  3. BulletDivorce decree -- Must be a certified copy from the Circuit Clerk.

Documents other than those listed above must be notarized by an Illinois notary public.