An Apostille is a form of certification set out in the 1961 Hague Convention, to which the United States became a subscriber in 1981. It is a form of numbered fields, which allows the data to be understood by the receiving country regardless of the official language of the issuing country.
What countries require an Apostille? Many countries require an Apostille for proof of marriage. It is suggested that non-U.S. citizens check with their local officials for special documents that may be needed to ensure the marriage will be recognized in their country.
A complete list of countries is available on the website of the Hague Conference on Private International Law – Click for Hague Convention – Country list
What does an Apostille do?
The object of the Apostille is to “abolish the requirement of diplomatic or consular legalization for foreign public documents”. The completed Apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and identifies the seal/stamp which the document bears.
Who issues Apostilles?
The United States has appointed the Secretary of State (or their counterpart) of the various states as said authority. A request for an Apostille may be made in person or through the mail if you want to order it yourself. The document(s) will be handled by the appropriate division within this agency. Contact the Nevada Secretary of State or visit their website for more information.
Nevada Secretary of State 555 E. Washington Ave., Suite 5200 Las Vegas, NV 89101
Phone: Phone: (702) 486-2880 Hours; 9 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Learn more about acquiring Apostilles at the Nevada Secretary of State Website link
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Do it Yourself Steps to Acquire an Apostille:
If you want to do-it-yourself, here is the information you need. Once you’re married your Minister or Officiant has 10 days to submit your Marriage Certificate to be recorded. You may have Rev. Nourish expedite the recording of your marriage license the next business day for $35.00.
- Once the license is recorded, you will obtain a Certified Copy of Nevada Document from the county where the event occurred. This may be done online through the Clerks office or by mail or
Online:You may order documents online using a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). You may follow this link to order it online: Click Here to Order Online
- Complete and print out the Apostille/Certification Order Form below. Any request for an Apostille must be accompanied with this Apostille Order Form.
Any Apostille request submitted without this form will be returned. Apostille/Certification Order Form (PDF)
- Submit the certificate document and order form to:
Nevada Secretary of State
101 North Carson St., Suite 3 Carson City, NV. 89701
Send a money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card number and expiration date, in the amount of the service you are requesting in U.S. currency for each certification required.
In addition, it is necessary to provide an email address, a return address or self-addressed, envelope AND the name of the country in which the Apostille/Certification will be used.
Once the Secretary of State receives your certified document they do have expedite services. Click here to view their fees.
Authentication of a Nevada Notarized Document:
Due to the high volume of weddings in town and the steps required to obtain an Apostille can be a lengthy process.
An Apostille is produced by the Nevada Secretary of State and requires a Certified Marriage Certificate. For the authentication of a Notary signature on most other documents, the document needs to be notarized by a Nevada notary and submitted to:
Nevada Secretary of State
101 North Carson St., Suite 3
Carson City, NV. 89701