Do it yourself

In the State of North Carolina apostilles are issued by the office of Elaine F. Marshall, North Carolina Secretary of State in Raleigh.

Documents submitted for apostille need to comply with the following guidelines:

  • Documents need to be notarized or certified in North Carolina.
  • If your documents are not in English you need to provide a certified translation.
  • Certified documents such as birth and death certificates need to be issued by the NC Vital Records, the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Register of Deeds, Legislative Services, Attorney General’s Office or signed by Gustavo Fernandez, State registrar.
  • In order to be acceptable for apostille, certified copies of divorce documents need to be issued by the Clerk of Superior Court or county clerk of court where the divorce occurred.
  • Documents notarized by a Notary Public in North Carolina need to include: a Notary statement (acknowledgement), notary signature, notary stamp, the State and county where the document is executed and the notary commission expiration date.
  • To obtain apostille for schools records such as diplomas, transcripts or report cards you need certified copies from the school registrar notarized by a North Carolina Notary Public.

In North Carolina apostilles are affixed with glue to the document.

New copies:
Copies of vital record can be obtained from the North Carolina Vital Records ( Memorial Health Building at 225 N. McDowell Street, Raleigh, N.C. Phone 919-733-3526).

Apostille North Carolina contacts:

Visit in person or mail documents to:
North Carolina Secretary of State
Authentication Office
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: (919)807-2140


Price and processing time:
Price is $10 per apostille with payment to the “Alabama Secretary of State”.
Processing time is same-day counter service or 14 days for mailed orders.