Kentucky Apostille

The Bluegrass State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State

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  1. Bullet Frankfort


  1. Bullet $5 per apostille

Payments can be maid by:

  1. -check

  2. -money order

  3. -credit card

Checks or money orders must be made payable to the Kentucky State Treasurer

Turnaround time

  1. Bulletunspecified
    for mail orders

  2. Bulletover the counter
    for walk-in requests


Sample images: 1 - Kentucky Apostille

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

  1. Bullet birth certificates

  2. Bullet death certificates

  3. Bullet marriage certificates

  4. Bullet grade transcripts and diplomas

  5. Bullet adoption papers

  6. Bullet corporate documents

Kentucky counties:

Adair, Allen, Anderson, Ballard, Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Bourbon, Boyd, Boyle, Bracken, Breathitt, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Campbell, Carlisie, Carroll, Carter, Casey, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland, Daviess, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fayette, Fleming, Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin, Garrard, Grant, Graves, Grayson, Green, Greenup, Hancock, Hardin, Harlan, Harrison, Hart, Henderson, Henry, Hickman, Hopkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Jessamine, Johnson, Kenton, Knott, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Lercher, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Logan, Lyon, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Marshall, Martin, Mason, McCracken, McCreary, McLean, Meade, Menifee, Mercer, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Muhlenberg, Nelson, Nicholas, Ohio, Oldham, Owen, Owsley, Pendleton, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Scott, Shelby, Simpson, Spencer, Taylor, Todd, Trigg, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Whitley, Wolfe, Woodford

The initial steps for apostilles are identical.

  1. 1. First, a notary public notarizes the primary signature on the document.

  2. 2. Next, the notary’s signature is certified by the county clerk in the county in which the notary public took the oath of office.

  3. 3. Finally, the Secretary of State issues his certification by certifying the county clerk’s signature and affixing an Apostille or a Certificate of Authentication.

The county clerk must certify the notary public's signature. In some counties, if the county clerk isn't available, a deputy county clerk may be designated to sign the document being apostilled or authenticated. However, not all deputy county clerks are authorized to sign these documents.

If a person has a divorce decree or other documents coming from the circuit clerk's office, these documents should not only be signed and certified by the circuit clerk or a judge, but it must also be notarized and certified by the county clerk.

Also, all vital records must contain the computer generated signature of the current registrar.  Only Mexico must have a live signature from the office of vital statistics.

All information on this page is derived from official sources.

Last update: 10/05/2008

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