You do not have to pay for an expedited service to obtain your apostille, you can do it by yourself.
The Commonwealth of Kentucky processes all documents based on "first come, first served".
Kentucky apostille certificates can only be issued in the state of Kentucky, by the office of the secretary of state of Kentucky.
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: "Kentucky Secretary of State"
(You may also pay by credit Card)
- Prepaid return envelope.
Send the package to the following address:
The Commonwealth of Kentucky
700 Capital Ave., Ste. 158
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
An Apostille may be affixed to original documents issued in the State of
Kentucky and bearing an official signature and seal of a valid commissioned
notary public, current Kentucky State Registrar, probate judge, or any
document issued by one of the departments of the State of Kentucky.
Please find below a list of all the different departments of the State of
- Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Kentucky Arts Council
Kentucky Heritage Council
Department of Juvenile Justice
Department of Education
Legislative Research Commission
Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves
Kentucky Public Service Commission
Kentucky River Authority
Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
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 Kentucky. They must be apostilled from the same issuing state.
Documents issued by the Federal government for individuals or companies located in Kentucky 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 Kentucky form please click here.
Complete the form and attach it with your document (s).
Apostille Services for Federal Documents.
The Secretary of State of Kentucky 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 Kentucky will not issue an Apostille for use in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Kentucky Secretary of State charges $5 per document. A document may have multiple pages.
Apostille service processing time is 3 business days.