Beginning on October 15, 2013 the Lt. Governor’s Office will follow Hague Convention recommended Apostille and Certification standards in the authentication of international documents.

The changes will not affect the legality of the notary/state official certification, but will comply with Hague Convention laws in order to more accurately reflect the authentication process. Please see the following examples for reference.

New Certificate Example | New Apostille Example

Apostilles and Authentications

Please review the information below to expedite the apostille and authentications process.

I need to have a document authenticated. Walk in or mail in?

Walk-in information

Please bring the following to our office:

  • The specific document
  • Payment (refer to fees below)

Mailing information

Please send us the following information:

  • Print Request Form
  • Document
  • Payment (refer to fees below)
  • Self-addressed stamped envelope, so we can mail your documents back to you

Processing Fees

  • $15.00-(per document)Normal Service Process (3-5 working days)
  • $40.00-(per document)Next Business Day Service (24 hours)
  • $65.00-(per document)Same Day Service (2 hours)

International Shipping Fees

  • An additional fee of $10.00 will be charged for all International Shipping (via USPS - No Tracking) The Lt. Governor's Office is not responsible for any items shipped outside of the USA. You may provide your own prepaid envelope if you want to be able to track the document yourself.

Payments are payable to the State of Utah; cash, check, Visa or MasterCard accepted

Mail all of the above to:
Utah State Capitol
350 N State Street, Suite 220
PO Box 142325
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

Why do I need to get a document authenticated?

An authentication or legalization, sometimes called an apostille, is needed for documents that you plan to use in a foreign country.

Examples include:

  • birth certificates
  • marriage licenses
  • school transcripts
  • powers of attorney
  • death certificates
  • adoption dossiers

Where can I find official copies of important documents?

Please follow this link to find documents you are in need of.

How long does it take to get an authentication?

For regular processing our office takes up to 3 to 5 business days to complete your request. If you need it done Next day or Same Day, additional fees are added.

Mail back

Documents will be mailed to you after the designated processing time. Note that documents are not processed on weekends or holidays.

Pick up

If you want to pick up your documents from our office, please mark appropriate box for notification, and you will receive a call when they are ready for pick up. Note that documents are not processed on weekends or holidays.

Can I get my document(s) authenticated faster?

We offer same day and next day expedited services for documents that are hand delivered to our office. Same Day documents have a processing time of up to 2 hours. Next day will be ready in 24 hours from drop off time (excluding weekend).

There is an additional fee for expedited documents see processing fees above.

What should be included in a notarized document?

For faster service, please make sure that the document includes:

Original signature(s) (not stamped or photocopied). A complete notary statement, including the state (Utah) and county where the notarization took place and the date of the notarization.

Can your office notarize my documents?

No. Documents must be notarized by a Utah notary public or certified by Vital Records or the county.

Where can I find more information about apostilles?

Hague Conference on Private International Law: Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents

Hague Conference on Private International Law: The ABC's of Apostilles