North Carolina Apostille

The Tar Heel State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State’s Office

(click to see the map and info)


  1. Bullet Raleigh


  1. Bullet$10 per apostille

  2. Bullet$5 per apostille  for a duplicate original, for adoption documents only

Payments can be maid by:

  1. -check

  2. -money order

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

Turnaround time

  1. Bullet3 business days
    for mail orders

  2. BulletSame/Next b/ day
    for walk-in requests


Sample images: 1 - North Carolina Apostille

Copyright © 2008 USApostilleService.ComTM

Acceptable document certifiers/authorities:

  1. Bullet North Carolina Notary Public

  2. Bullet Register of Deeds

  3. Bullet Clerk of Superior Court

  4. Bullet Department of Agriculture

  5. Bullet Department of Health and Human Services

  6. Bullet Vital Records

  7. Bullet Department of Motor Vehicles (Raleigh office ONLY)

  8. Bullet North Carolina Attorney General's Office

Examples of documents which can be apostilled in North Carolina:

  1. Bullet birth certificates

  2. Bullet marriage certificates

  3. Bullet death certificates

  4. Bullet extracts from commercial registers and other registers

  5. Bullet patents

  6. Bullet court rulings

  7. Bullet notarial acts and notarial attestations of signatures

  8. Bullet academic diplomas issued by public institutions

  9. Bullet school transcripts

  10. Bullet foreign adoption papers

  11. Bullet paperwork needed to do business in a foreign country

Transcripts, report cards and diplomas issued by a North Carolina university, college, community college or high school must be notarized by a North Carolina Notary Public.

A school seal applied to the document by the school registrar is not acceptable.

Apostilles may be issued for a certified copy of a public document.

Apostilles neither applies to documents executed by diplomatic or consular agents nor to administrative documents dealing directly with commercial or customs operations (e.g., certificates of origin or import or export licenses).

  1. Bullet  Documents must have original signatures only.

  2. Bullet  Documents must be current, preferably issued within the last 1 or 2 years.

  3. Bullet  State issued certified documents should be current as of April 2000.

A Notary acknowledgement can be rejected for a variety of reasons, including, but not limited to:

  1. 1)not having an acknowledgement on each document presented;

  2. 2)the State and county where the document is being executed is not indicated;

  3. 3)the expiration date is either missing or incorrect;

  4. 4)the notary stamp or seal is missing;

  5. 5)the notary did not sign his/her name exactly as represented in the commission and/or stamp or seal;

  6. 6)the notary public has certified to statements within the document and/or was party to a document, (i.e., the Notary Public’s name should only appear in the acknowledgement and not in the document itself); and

  7. 7)the acknowledgement must be in English.

If a document is presented in a language other than English the NC Secretary of State’s Office will require a certified or notarized English translation.

All information on this page is derived from official sources.

Last update: 11/11/2008