Minnesota Secretary Of State - How to Get an Apostille
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How to Get an Apostille

How to get a Apostille
Bring or mail the original notarized document signed by a Minnesota Notary or the original certified copy from a Minnesota county to our office.

Where to get the following documents:

  • Birth or Death Records: Minnesota Department of Health
  • Passports: To obtain a passport you can go to any major post office, the county office of your residence, or visit the State Department website. 
  • Marriage Certificates: the county office where the marriage took place.

The office charges a $5.00 fee for each authentication certificate.
Make the check payable to: MN Secretary of State.


Mailing Instructions
When submitting a request for authentication by mail, please provide a letter or use the Authentication Request Form. The original notarized and/or certified document(s) must be accompanied with the applicable fee.  Documents are returned back to the address listed on the check unless you provide specific instructions to be mailed to a different address or provide a returned envelope. You may enclose a prepaid FedEx, USPS Priority Mail or UPS label if you wish to use a mail tracking service, please provide a pre-paid air bill. If you do not use a prepaid service, our office will mail your document(s) by U.S Postal Service regular mail at no charge. Make the check or money order payable to Minnesota Secretary of State.

In Person
Authentication requests can be processed in person between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). We recommend that you arrive no later than 3:00 to guarantee that your authentication can be processed the same day while you wait. No appointment is necessary. Customers are served on a "first come first serve" basis. Payments can be made in person by check, money order, cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). 


Present in person or mail to:

Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
Minnesota Secretary of State - Certification
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55103-2141

 (OPEN Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., excluding holidays)


If you have any questions, please call us at 651-296-2803 or 1-877-551-6767 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

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