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This may sound a bit strange, but let's first make 100% sure that you need an apostille. If your document will not be used in a foreign country, foreign embassy or foreign consulate - you need just Certification of Notary Public in Georgia.

Apostille and Authentication process in Georgia

In Georgia, the process for obtaining an apostille is pretty straightforward:

  1. Get the original document(s) that need to be apostilled.
  2. Fill out and complete the request form.
  3. Prepare an envelope with all papers required including a cover letter.
  4. Make a payment in a proper way.
  5. Send your documents to the GSCCCA.
  6. Get back your ready documents.

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Founder & CEO,
Before we get into a detailed answer to all the questions about obtaining an apostille in the state of Georgia, let's highlight one question. Should you make the apostille yourself or have an agency like ApostillUS do it for you?
The first thing you should understand is that you can get an apostille yourself without any help from expediting companies. By doing so, you will save money - an Apostille stamp on your own documents from the Secretary of State's office will cost you just $3.00 per apostille for each different signature. So why use the service?
Based on our company's experience (and we have been in this apostille business since 1988), I would highlight 3 key points:

  • The first point is to save time. The State of Georgia has a fairly clear list of requirements for both the document being apostilled and the notarial certification on the document. You have to check all the nuances and make sure everything is okay. So you need time to research the requirements, as well as to check the documents.
  • The second point is the timing of obtaining an apostille. Sometimes a document needs to be done urgently. An apostille can be obtained on the same day on a walk-in basis. If you don't have time to do it - companies like ours come to assist. That's especially true if you are in another state.
  • The third point is if you have a large package of documents. Verification and preparation can be a real headache. Companies like ApostillUS save you from it.

We try to keep prices as competitive as possible. Our average margin is $50 per document, we think that's fair considering our experience and accumulated knowledge.

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Sometimes getting an apostille on your own can be a little tricky and time-consuming. ApostillUS has specialized in apostille services since 1998 and has accumulated unique expertise. Our skilled team will be happy to assist you in obtaining an apostille for your documents.

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Personal/Business Documents 7 - 14 business days

Federal Documents 18 - 24 business days


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Personal/Business Documents 2 - 7 business days
Not available for Federal Documents

Guidelines and requirements for Georgia Apostilled Documents

Documents to be Apostilled in Georgia must comply with the following guidelines:
  1. Documents that have been notarized, such as school records, affidavits, or powers of attorney, do not require any additional certification stating the commission dates if they comply with Georgia's notary rules, which include completing a typed or handwritten notarial certificate, a pen in hand signature, a clear stamp or seal, and the correct data of signature present on the document.
  2. If you require apostilles for corporate documents, you must get hand-signed certified (pen in hand) photocopies from the Corporations Division of the Georgia Secretary of State. Copies received directly from the Corporations Division website of the Georgia Secretary of State are not suitable for apostille.
  3. Vital records must be issued within the previous five years, received from the vital records office, and signed with a pen in hand.
  4. A signed and approved copy of your diploma or transcript from the school registrar's office, as well as a note on school letterhead certifying that the copy is correct, are required to get apostilles for school records. The seal and signature on birth, death, and marriage certificates are sufficient for apostille and do not need to be notarized.
  5. Country Probate Court certificates must include a handwritten signature since signature stamps are not admissible. The official record for the court-ordered probate is the "probate court certificate." The "probate court certificate" is the document you will need to show that you are the executor of the probated estate.
  6. The notary’s signature must match the name as it appears on the notary commission and should match the signature as it appears on the commission.
  7. The notary seal/stamp must match the name as it appears on the notary commission.
  8. The seal must contain the notary’s name, the name of the county in which the notary is commissioned, the words “Notary Public,” and the name of the state.
  9. The document must have a clear impression of the notary seal/stamp.
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Apostille services are required for foreign governments to recognize the authenticity of Georgia notary documents. Apostille is a French word meaning “to be certified”. In Georgia, a notary public is authorized by the Secretary of State to perform apostille services.

The process of getting apostilles can be complicated and time-consuming. The applicant must go through a series of steps, including: obtaining an apostille from their home country, sending it to the Secretary of State in Georgia and paying an additional fee.

The process of getting an apostille is a difficult one. It can take up to three months for the process to be completed.

In order to get apostille services in Georgia, one must go through a lengthy process and spend a lot of time. One has to first locate the correct office to get the documents notarized. Next, one has to make an appointment for an in-person visit and wait for their turn. After waiting, one then has to bring all the required documents and pay the fees before getting their documents notarized by an official government seal.

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Georgia Apostille FAQ

What is an apostille?

Specialized certificates known as apostille are produced by the Secretary of State. In order for your original documents to be recognized by one of the other countries that are signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention, apostilles may be required to vouch for their reliability and legality.

How to apostille a document in Georgia?

The first thing you should know is that there are two separate and distinct state agencies authorized to authenticate documents in Georgia:

  • Georgia Superior Court Clerks' Cooperative Authority (GSCCCA)
  • Georgia Secretary of State
You should contact one of these agencies depending on which country you will be using your document in.

If the country is a participant to The Hague Treaty Convention (also known as Apostille Convention) 99% you should deal with GSCCCA. If not - go right to Georgia's Secretary of State as they are the only state agency that can issue this type of certification.

Please review the list of countries operating as members of the Hague Convention to ensure you are bringing your documents to the correct office.

Documents the GSCCCA can apostille:
GSCCCA can apostille Georgia Vital Records, Court Documents, and Corporations Division Documents as well as Georgia Notarized Documents.

Georgia Issued Vital Records:
  • Birth certificates.
  • Death certificate.
  • Divorce decrees.
  • Marriage certificates.
  • Divorce decrees.

New copies for Georgia Vital Records can be requested from Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Phone (404) 679-4702.

Georgia Court Documents and Corporations Division Documents:

  • Documents filed with a Georgia County Clerk of Superior Court.
  • Corporate documents on file with the Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division

Georgia Notarized Documents:

  • powers of attorney
  • affidavits
  • corporate documents
  • translations
  • diplomas
  • school transcripts etc.

Documents must be in accordance with Georgia state law before they can be certified by this office. This includes notarized and authenticated documents.

Any document requiring notarization must be notarized before it is submitted to the GSCCCA.

Svetlana Alimova
Senior Apostille Specialist
IMPORTANT: Federally issued documents cannot be certified by the Georgia Secretary of State; instead, the Apostille stamp on federal documents must be obtained from the US Department of State in Washington, DC.

Why do I need an Apostille and what does it do for me?

An Apostille is required when a document from one country needs to be submitted in another as part of a legal proceeding. Most frequently, this will include corporate transactions, but it is increasingly utilized for real estate deals and to settle the estate of a deceased person with assets abroad. Some of the most common documents that require legalization with an Apostille certificate include powers of attorney, passports, birth, marriage, and death certificates. As part of the Apostille requirement, a Notary Public will attest to your identity as the signer, defending you against fraud and other threats of identity theft.

How do I get a Certification of Notary Public in Georgia?

Submit your notarized document to the notary’s commissioning county Clerk of Superior Court or to the GSCCCA. Certification of notary public, also called a certificate of authority, certifies that the notary public holds, or held, a notary commission during a particular term of office. The GSCCCA only issues this certification for documents that will be used within the U.S., a U.S. territory or a U.S. embassy.

Who can notarize my documents in the state of Georgia?

The Secretary of State in Georgia can authenticate public official signatures only on documents issued in the same State and signed by a notary public or one of the following public officials or their deputies: e.g.
  • County Clerks or Recorders
  • Court Administrators of the Superior Court
  • Executive Clerks of the Superior Court
  • Officers whose authority is not limited to any particular county
  • Executive Officers of the Superior Court
  • Judges of the Superior Court
  • State Officials

Do I need to obtain an Embassy Legalization for a document issued in Georgia?

Non-Hague Convention countries may ask you for a regular certification for all documents issued in the state of Georgia. Additionally, these documents must be authenticated by the U.S. Department of State and legalized by the embassy of the destination country.

What documents CANNOT be apostilled?

  • You cannot get an apostille for documents signed by an out-of-state notary.
  • You cannot request an apostille for documents issued by the federal government. These documents must be submitted to the U.S. State Department.
  • Out-of-state vital records or court documents need to be submitted to the issuing state only.
  • Out-of-state school transcripts and academic records need to be apostilled by the state in which the school is located.
For example:
  • Sanitation Certificate
  • Certificate of Free Sale (CFS)
  • Certificate of Exportability
  • Certificate to Foreign Government (CFG)
  • Certificate of Non-Clinical Research Use Only Materials Certificate
  • Plant certificate
  • Animal Health Certificate
  • Phytosanitary Certificate
  • Certificate of Pharmaceutical Products (COPP)
  • Certificate of Pharmaceutical product- Foreign Manufacturer
  • Specified Risk Material of Bovine, Ovine, and Caprine Origin Materials.
  • FBI Criminal Background Check

And other documents issued by Federal Agencies like FDA, the FBI, the USPTO, the IRS, the EPA, the Social Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security…etc.

How long does it take to apostille documents in Georgia?

The process of getting an apostille in Georgia can be difficult and time-consuming. It can take from 2 business days to a couple of weeks. That is why we recommend that you consult with our experts.

In which country may I use an Apostille issued by the state Georgia?

Georgia Apostille is acceptable for all types of Georgia documents destined for use in one of the Hague Convention Participating Countries.

Where do I obtain certified copies of vital records such as certificates of birth, death and marriage from the state of Georgia?

Vital Records can be obtained by contacting your Town Clerk or the Department of Public Health, Vital Records Unit.

Which documents are eligible for Apostille Georgia Services?

Georgia corporate and federal documents are acceptable for the apostille service from US apostille. We may provide expedited authentication services for Georgia certifications from the MD Secretary of State within just One Business Day. Please, contact our customer service for confirmation first.

GSCCCA Payment Options

  • Cash
  • Personal/company check payable to GSCCCA. Checks must have a pre-printed name and address on check.
  • Money order payable to GSCCCA.
  • Credit Card + Credit Card Pre-Payment Voucher System for third-party hand delivery

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Send us your request online and receive a quote from a specialist the same day. We will also review a scan of your documents for any errors and let you know ASAP if additional steps are required.

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No need to make an appointment or go to a physical location. Just mail us your documents through a secure tracked shipping service (FedEx, DHL, or UPS).
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Once completed, your Apostilled documents will be mailed to you via FedEx or DHL and will arrive at your doorstep.

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Secretary of State Georgia

  • Apostille Fees: $3.00 per document
  • Certification of Notary Public Fees: $2.00 per document (Note: this certification is not used in conjunction with an apostille)

Turnaround time: 2 Business Days

Telephone: (404) 656-2881


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