Do it yourself

In the State of Illinois, Apostilles are issued for foreign use by Jesse White, the Illinois Secretary of State, with the assistance of the Index Department in Springfield and Chicago.

Documents submitted for apostille must comply with the following guidelines:

  • Documents must be issued in the state of Illinois and signed and certified by a local/state registrar, notary public or circuit or county clerk.
  • For vital records you need first a copy certified by the county clerk or issued by the
    local registrar at the Illinois Department of Public Health. For marriage license you only need a certified copy from the county clerk.
  • In order to be acceptable for apostille, divorce certificates need to be certified by the clerk of the Circuit Court.
  • Academic records and documents must be officially issued by the school registrar’s office, signed by a school official and properly notarized, with notary signature, affixed rubber stamp and an acknowledgment statement.
  • Corporate business documents such as registration of trademarks, merger certificates, and business organization documents in file at the Illinois SOS need to be notarized in order to be submitted for apostille.
  • You can also submit for apostille private documents such as adoption dossiers, deeds and other documents, if they are notarized as accurate copies of the original documents.

Apostille Illinois contacts:

Visit in person or mail documents to:
Illinois Secretary of State
Index Department
111 E. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone (217) 782-7017

Chicago Office (Walk-in):
Illinois Secretary of State’s
Index Department
17 N. State St. Suite 1030
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 814-2067

Price and processing time:

Price is $2 per apostille with payment to the “Secretary of State”.
Processing time is same-day counter service or 7-10 business days for mailed orders.