You do not have to pay for an expedited service to obtain your apostille, you can do it by yourself.
State of Illinois processes all documents based on "first come, first served".
Illinois apostille certificates can only be issued in the state of Illinois, by the office of the secretary of state of Illinois.
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: "Illinois Secretary of State"
(You may also pay by credit Card)
- Prepaid return envelope.
Send the package to the following address:
State of Illinois
111 E. Monroe
Springfield, Illinois 62756
An Apostille may be affixed to original documents issued in the State of
Illinois and bearing an official signature and seal of a valid commissioned
notary public, current Illinois State Registrar, probate judge, or any
document issued by one of the departments of the State of Illinois.
Please find below a list of all the different departments of the State of
- Illinois Department on Aging
Department of Agriculture
Department of Central Management Services
Department of Children and Family Services
Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Department of Corrections
Department of Employment Security
Emergency Management Agency
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Department of Human Rights
Department of Human Services
Department of Innovation and Technology
Department of Insurance
Department of Juvenile Justice
Department of Labor
Department of the Lottery
Department of Military Affairs
Department of Natural Resources
Department of Public Health
Department of Revenue
Department of State Police
Department of Transportation
Department of Veterans' Affairs
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 Illinois. They must be apostilled from the same issuing state.
Documents issued by the Federal government for individuals or companies located in Illinois 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 Illinois form please click here.
Complete the form and attach it with your document (s).
Apostille Services for Federal Documents.
The Secretary of State of Illinois 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 Illinois will not issue an Apostille for use in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Illinois Secretary of State charges $2 per document. A document may have multiple pages.
Apostille service processing time is 7 business days.