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In the State of Georgia, the apostille issuing procedure is different from other states. The State of Georgia actually has 2 individual organism authorized to provide apostilles. The main criteria of choosing among the two issuing authorities is the country where the document will be used.
1) G.S.C.C.C.A. – the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority is the sole office able to issue apostilles in Georgia.
2) The Georgia Secretary of State, on the other hand is the competent authority if you need authentication for consular or embassy legalization.
Documents submitted for apostille must comply with the following guidelines:
- Vital records must be issued within the last five years, obtained through the office of vital records and certified with a pen in hand signature.
- For the certificates of the birth, death and marriage the seal and the signature are sufficient for apostille and they don’t need to be notarized.
- Certificates issued by Probate Court need to have handwritten signature because signature stamps are not acceptable.
- In order to obtain apostilles for school records you need a signed and authorized copy of your diploma or transcript from the office of the school registrar and also a note on the school letterhead acknowledging that the copy is correct.
- If you need apostilles issued for corporate records, you need hand signed certified (pen in hand) photocopies issued by Georgia Secretary of State Corporations Division. Copies obtained directly from the Georgia Secretary of state Corporations Division website are not acceptable for apostille.
- Documents that have been notarized, such as school records, affidavits or power of attorney, don’t need any supplementary certification stating the commission dates if they follow Georgia’s notary rules including completion of a typed or hand written notarial certificate, pen in hand signature, clear stamp or seal and the correct data of signature present on the document.
New copies for vital records can be requested from: Vital Records 2600 Skyland Drive, Atlanta, GA 30319. Phone (404) 679-4702.
Apostille Georgia contacts:
Visit in person or mail documents to:
Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority
1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30345
Price and processing time:
Price is $3 per apostille.
Processing time si the same-day counter service or 2 days for mailed orders.