West Virginia Apostille

The Mountain State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State

(click to see the map and info)


  1. Bullet Charleston

State fees

  1. Bullet$10 per apostille

  2. Bullet$5 per each additional document certified by
    the same public official

Payments can be maid by:

  1. - check

  2. - credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner’s Club)

  3. - cash (over the counter only)

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

State processing time

  1. Bulletwithin 24-48 hours
    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 West Virginia notary public

  2. Bullet West Virginia county clerk

  3. Bullet the State Registrar of Vital Statistics

  4. Bullet other proper West Virginia officers

Examples of documents which can be apostilled in West Virginia:

  1. Bullet Official personal records

  2. Bullet School records

  3. Bullet Legal documents

  4. Bullet Adoption documents

  5. Bullet Export documents

  6. Bullet Miscellaneous original documents

  7. Bullet Certified copies of miscellaneous documents

  8. Bullet Other documents

Documents must be originals or certified copies.

A certified copy such as a birth, marriage or death certificate, deed, will, or license can be obtained from an officer in West Virginia.

A notary is not authorized to certify a copy.

A certified copy from a County Clerk, Circuit Clerk or Registrar must have an original signature of the clerk or a deputy and a raised impression seal.

A notarized document must include the proper notary affidavit (acknowledgment statement), the notary's original signature, and the notary's rubber stamp sealA document with only the notary's signature and seal cannot be certified.