Please be advised that extreme weather conditions are expected in the Triangle area Thursday, February 26, 2015, that will likely prevent staff from traveling to their work stations in Raleigh. Due to lingering effects of the winter storm, we expect to continue to be at reduced staffing levels on Friday, February 27 and until travel conditions improve in the metro-Triangle area. If you need to visit our offices for service, we strongly encourage you to call (919) 807-2225 before making the trip to ensure that we have staff on hand to meet your needs. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Mailing Address for US Postal Service Mail:

Authentication Office
NC Secretary of State
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
Street Address for Independent Carrier Mail:

Authentication Office
NC Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27601-2903

New Overnight Delivery Policy

Telephone: 919-807-2140


Click here for: Customer guideline for authentications

The Authentication Office of the NC Department of the Secretary of State is responsible for providing authentication services on North Carolina documents that will be used in foreign countries. The NC Authentication Office issues apostilles, authentications and certificates for a variety of NC documents, including: birth certificates, marriage certificates, statements of marital status, articles of incorporation, corporate bylaws, certificates of merger, powers of attorney, patent applications, trademarks, diplomas, school transcripts, deeds, and assignments of interest.


Types of Certifications
  • Apostille - An "apostille" is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the 1961 Hague Convention. A list of countries that accept apostilles is provided by the Hague Conference on International Law and is available here.
  • Authentication or Certification - If the country of intended use does not participate in the Hague Convention, documents being sent to that country can be "authenticated" or "certified".