Office of Authentications
The Department of State, Authentications Office is responsible for signing and issuing certificates under the Seal of the U.S. Department of State (22 CFR, Part 131) providing authentication services to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals on documents that will be used overseas. This office receives a variety of documents from commercial organizations, private citizens, and officials of the Federal and State governments. Documents include but not limited to: company bylaws, powers of attorney, trademarks, diplomas, transcripts, distributorship agreements, articles of incorporation, good standing certificates, home studies, letters of reference etc. It also ensures that the requested information will serve in the interest of justice and is not contrary to U.S. policy.
Note: DHL will discontinue service for domestic packages by January 30, 2009, and thereafter will handle only international shipments. The DHL web site, found through any web search engine, provides more information.
518 23rd Street NW.
Washington, DC 20520
** U.S. Postal Service mail entering the U.S. Department of State must go through a screening process which may delay the time in which we will receive the document.
The Authentications Office will mail documents directly to the Foreign Embassy or Consulates if provided with a transmittal letter, fee, and a pre-addressed stamped envelope. Please enclose an additional pre-addressed stamped envelope for the embassy or consulate to return the document.
Walk-in (Counter Service)
Open 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Only
Each customer (company) is limited to 15 documents per day on a while-you-wait basis.
Directions by Metro Rail
The office is at the far left corner of the courtyard area.