You do not have to pay for an expedited service to obtain your apostille, you can do it by yourself.
State of Iowa processes all documents based on "first come, first served".
Iowa apostille certificates can only be issued in the state of Iowa, by the office of the secretary of state of Iowa.
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: "Iowa Secretary of State"
(You may also pay by credit Card)
- Prepaid return envelope.
Send the package to the following address:
State of Iowa
Lucas Building, 1st Floor.
Des Moines, Iowa 50319
An Apostille may be affixed to original documents issued in the State of
Iowa and bearing an official signature and seal of a valid commissioned
notary public, current Iowa State Registrar, probate judge, or any
document issued by one of the departments of the State of Iowa.
Please find below a list of all the different departments of the State of
- Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Animal Industry Bureau
Department of Education
Civil Rights Commission
Department of Cultural Affairs
Department of Human Services
Department of Natural Resources
Department of Public Health
Department of Public Safety
Department of Transportation
State Historical Society of Iowa
State Library of Iowa
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 Iowa. They must be apostilled from the same issuing state.
Documents issued by the Federal government for individuals or companies located in Iowa 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 Iowa form please click here.
Complete the form and attach it with your document (s).
Apostille Services for Federal Documents.
The Secretary of State of Iowa 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 Iowa will not issue an Apostille for use in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Iowa Secretary of State charges $5 per document. A document may have multiple pages.
Apostille service processing time is 2 business days.