Information about Alabama's requirements for and apostille & how to get an apostille
The Alabama Secretary of State provides an Apostille or Certifications for documents that are going to be used in a foreign country.
Alabama Certification of Authority
Alabama Secretary of State will only authenticates Original signatures on documents originating or issued in Alabama & signed by one of the following Alabama public official of the state:
Birth or Death Certificate
Your Vital Record must be Certified Originals, photo copies are not acceptable.
Is my Birth/Death Certificate acceptable for an Apostille in Alabama?
If you have any doubt the your document is ready to be legalized you can scan the front of your document and the back if there are any stamp on the backside & email it to us.
How long does it take?
Normal processing time at the Alabama Secretary of State is varies and may take up to 5 days. On average it will take a minimum of 7 business day once we receive your document & for you to get it back. However, to expedite your mail service, Expedited service is available to speed up the process of your order to the YY Secretary of State Office & for the Express return of your documents as quickly as possible.
The cost is $175.00 for each document that requires an Apostille (not per page). Discounts are available ONLY if you have more than 2 document. Each additional document is $65.00
Expedited service is available to speed up the Apostille process & for the return of your documents as quickly as possible. The cost is $100.00.
Alabama Embassy Legalization
The cost for getting your document legalized various according to the price the consulate or embassy may charge
The basic processing cost for Washington, DC embassy legalization is shown on the PRICE page and it does not include the Embassy Fee.
Mailing your documents
When mailing your documents to us we strongly recommend that you use FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority or Express Mail. This way you will have a tracking number & be able to know that your document have arrived to our office.
All document are returned to you using your mailing label that you sent us. Or we will ship to you using USPS Priority or USPS Express Mail, International mail or Fedex Overnight all that come with an additional cost. Each one of the previous services allow tracking of your mail except in some foreign countries tracking may not be available. If you do not include a mailing label for return postage your document will be held to allow you to send the additional funds to cover your mail expense or we will return your Mail by First Class mail which does not provide any tracking, security, or financial recovery against loss.
How to get an Alabama Apostille As soon as possible.
To get started with your order click here to fill out & print an online order form to include with your order & to see what type of payments are acceptable, and to get our mailing address. Or you can click on the "Getting Started" link which is located on the Contact us Menu.