Do it yourself

In the State of Iowa, apostilles are issued by the office of business services of Matt Schultz, the Iowa Secretary of State in Des Moines.

Documents submitted for apostille must comply with the following guidelines:

  • For documents representing school records such as diplomas or transcripts issued by an university from the State of Iowa such as University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, Grinnell College and others, you need: certified and notarized official documents issued by the registrar office of the university you graduated and a letter which confirms that your university is accredited, issued by the Higher Learning Commission.
  • In order to obtain apostilles for vital records such as birth, marriage or death certificates you need documents issued by the county clerk recorders and local registrars.
  • Copies of court documents and vital records can’t be notarized by public notaries.
  • Only signatures of good standing public notaries and with active commissions will be authenticated or accepted for apostille by the Iowa Secretary of State.

Apostille Iowa contacts:

Visit in person or mail documents to:
Iowa Secretary of State
Business Services
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515)281-5204

Price and processing time:

Price is $5 per apostille with payment to the “Secretary of State”.
Processing time is same-day counter service or 2 days for mailed orders.