Authenticating Your Document Summary

Step 1: 
Ensure Documents are Properly Signed by Appropriate Official

Verify that your documents have been signed by an official whose signature the Secretary of State has authority to authenticate

Verify that all vital records are certified copies

If your documents were notarized, verify that the notary included all of the required information

Step 2: 
Submit Documents to Secretary of State

Present documents in person to the Office of the Great Seal, the Secretary of State Marquette County Plus office, or any of the Secretary of State SUPER!Centers

Or, send your completed Authentication Request Form, documents, a self-addressed stamped return envelope and a check or money order made payable to "State of Michigan" to the Office of the Great Seal's mailing address. 

You must indicate the country of destination and include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope.

Step 3: 
Pay $1.00 Document Certification Fee

Pay $1.00 for each document you have requested be authenticated

Step 4:
Receive Authenticated Document

Your documents will be returned to you with an Apostille or Certificate of Authority, which is determined by the country of destination