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What is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a document that foreign governments will use to access the authenticity of an officials signature. It is commonly used in foreign adoptions, international business transactions, foreign study, dual citizenship, and patents.

How do I obtain an Apostille?
The document must be signed and sealed by a Pennsylvania Notary Public or the Pennsylvania Official who is custodian of the records. 

Often the Clerk of Orphans Court will need to provide a certified copy of a Marriage License to obtain an Apostille.  If the use of the marriage certification is going to be used to obtain an Apostille, or in other foreign transactions, you MUST indicate so when requesting the certified copy.  A deputy signature on the certified copy is NOT permitted by the Department of State.  Photocopies are also not permitted. 

Mail the document that has been signed by the custodian of the records along with proper payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope to the Department of State.  

For more information, please contact the Department of State by calling 717-787-5280.

Contact Information:

Department of State
Bureau of Commissions
Elections & Legislation
303 North Office Building
Harrisburg PA 17120

Brochure:  Apostille Brochure