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DS-4194 Office of Authentications

The U.S. Department of State accepts documents from both American citizens and foreigners using the DS-4194 form. For documents being submitted to foreign governments, the Authentications Office is in charge of signing and providing certificates bearing the U.S. Department of State Seal.

In accordance with 22 CFR, Part 131, the Office of Authentications at the U.S. Department of State is in charge of signing and issuing certificates bearing the Seal of the Department of State and offering authentication services to both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals on documents that will be used abroad (Hague Apostille Member Countries).

This agency receives a wide range of documents from businesses, individuals, and representatives of the federal and state governments. Among the documents are FBI background checks, FDA and USDA records, Social Security Income and Benefits Statements, IRS Form 6166, records from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Certificates of Free Sale, and records from states that are not parties to the Hague Convention.

We advise that you mail your documents to one of our locations for processing if you need your paperwork processed quickly and would like it done in four business days including FedEx overnight return delivery. On your behalf, we will complete the DS-4194 form and submit the required paperwork.

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