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Apostille or Certificate of Authentication

IMPORTANT NOTICE: As an outcome of the COVID-19 health crisis, there is a severe delay in processing apostilles. You will be charged when the document is sent to the State of New York for processing. The document will be marked as delivered but it has not yet been mailed to you.

When a diploma or transcript is to be used in a foreign country, it may be necessary to have the document authenticated. An authentication certifies the signature and the capacity of the official who has executed the document, and may also authenticate the seal of the official.

The NY Secretary of State authenticates public documents for use in foreign countries. Only public documents issued in New York State, which are signed by a notary public or other public official will be authenticated. The country of destination determines whether the authentication is in the form of an "Apostille" or a "Certificate of Authentication".

All requests for apostilles must go through the Parchment Services using the appropriate link below. Requests made by paper, email, phone, or other methods outside of Parchment Services will not be processed.

Ordering Apostilles:

  • Do you have an active RIT account?  If so, click here to log in with your RIT account and select the appropriate document
  • If your RIT account has expired or you never had one, click here to create a document ordering account. 
  • Questions regarding creating an account should be directed to