You do not have to pay for an expedited service to obtain your apostille, you can do it by yourself.
State of Alabama processes all documents based on "first come, first served".
Alabama apostille certificates can only be issued in the state of Alabama, by the office of the secretary of state of Alabama.
We advise that you call the apostille office,
describe your document to make sure
that they are ready for apostille.
Prepare an envelope and include all the following items:
- All documents required apostille.
- The completed request form must be included with your document.
- Check or Money Order Payable to: "Alabama Secretary of State"
(You may also pay by credit Card)
- Prepaid return envelope.
Send the package to the following address:
State of Alabama
11 South Union Street, Suite 224
Montgomery, Alabama 36130
An Apostille may be affixed to original documents issued in the State of
Alabama and bearing an official signature and seal of a valid commissioned
notary public, current Alabama State Registrar, probate judge, or any
document issued by one of the departments of the State of Alabama.
Please find below a list of all the different departments of the State of
- Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries
Commission on Higher Education
Cooperative Extension System
Department of Archives and History
Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Management
Department of Mental Health
Department of Public Health
Department of Transportation
Department of Youth Services
International Airport Authority
Public Library Service
State Defense Force
Women's Hall of Fame
Department of Education
Public Service Commission
The Apostille certification only certify the capacity of the person who has signed the public document, and the authenticity of the signature.
An Apostille certification does not certify the content of the public document to which it relates.
Documents issued by a different state can not be apostilled by the State of Alabama. They must be apostilled from the same issuing state.
Documents issued by the Federal government for individuals or companies located in Alabama must obtain the Apostille from the U.S. Department of State.
To order an Apostille, you must include a "Submittal Form" with your request. To download the State of Alabama form please click here.
Complete the form and attach it with your document (s).
Apostille Services for Federal Documents.
The Secretary of State of Alabama will only issue an Apostille strictly for use in Hague Participating Countries.
All documents issued for Non-Hague Participating Countries will be certified, not apostilled.
Apostille services are not necessary within the United States or any of its territories or possessions; Therefore the Secretary of State of Alabama will not issue an Apostille for use in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Alabama Secretary of State charges $5 per document. A document may have multiple pages.
Apostille service processing time is 5 business days.