Apostille USA

Apostille Procedures For Americans

As an American applying for a work visa in Korea, you must submit two (2) Apostille authenticated documents to the Korean Immigration Office. Your original FBI check plus the notarized copy of your university diploma (the physical certificate).

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is a type of international authentication for documents. Documents that are issued in one country (United States) but need to be used in another country (Korea) must be authenticated or legalized to verify authenticity and eliminate fraudulent documents.

1. FBI Background Checks

How to have your FBI Check Apostille Authenticated


All American’s MUST have their original FBI Check authenticated with an Apostille from the Department of State. There are no exceptions to this requirement and failing to authenticate your FBI check will result in a denied work visa with Korean Immigration.

IMPORTANT: Although some Secretary of State Offices (state level) will Apostille FBI background checks, the Korean Immigration Office requires Department of State (federal level) Apostille Authentication for this document.

IMPORTANT: The FBI does not Apostille background checks. Having your FBI check Apostille Authenticated is a separate step that must be completed after you’ve received your background check from the FBI.


Example Apostille from the US Department of State

See what your Apostille will actually look like


How to secure a US Department of State (DOS) Apostille for your FBI background check


OPTION A – Recommended Method [3-6 business days / $55 fee]: Use a private company that can expedite your DOS Apostille Authentication (for your FBI Check). Gone2Korea recommends using US Authentication Services because they’re fast and fairly priced. Note: Gone2Korea is not affiliated with US Authentication Services and we do not collect a fee for referring people to their services.

What you need to provide US Authentication Services with in order to get the Apostille for your FBI Check

  • Your original FBI background check (must be the original, not a copy)
  • A completed Service Order Form (all fields must be filled in)
  • You can pay by credit card on the order form, or you can send a personal check or money order.
  • A prepaid return address envelope, or a FEDEX, UPS or USPS return label.

Important: When you send your document package make sure to waive the signature requirement on the USPS, FEDEX, UPS or DHL shipping form.

Mailing Address

US Authentication Services

7015 Old Keene Mill Road, Suite 203

Springfield, VA 22150

Visit their website for step by step instructions for securing an Apostille for your FBI check.


OPTION B – Not Recommended [2-4 weeks]: The other way to have your check authenticated is by mailing your FBI check directly to the US Department of State. It’s a little cheaper to do it this way but we generally don’t recommend this option because of the lengthy processing timeline (up to a month) and additional paperwork that’s required.


US Federal Department of State Office Address
2201 C St NW, Washington, DC 20520, United States
Tel: 1-202-647-4000

Website: https://www.state.gov/

2. Notarized Copy of Diploma (Bachelors Degree Certificate)

How to get an Apostille for the notarized copy of your bachelors degree


American’s also need to have the notarized copy of their diploma’s Apostille authenticated. To be clear, having the copy of your diploma notarized by a lawyer (lawyer signs and stamps a photocopy of your diploma) is different than acquiring the Apostille Authentication – both steps are needed.

Unlike FBI checks that need to be Apostille Authenticated at the federal level by the Department of State, your diploma can be Apostilled at the state level by your Secretary of State Office (SOS).

FYI: You can use US Authentication Services (explained in the FBI check section above) to have your copy of degree Apostilled at the same time as your FBI check. However, it’s an additional $65 (most SOS offices will do it for under $30) and the timeline isn’t much different.

Here’s an example Secretary of State Apostille Authentication Certificate.



Getting your diploma certified is a two step process


  • STEP 1: Before you can acquire the Apostille Authentication for your diploma you’ll need to have a copy of it notarized. To do this, simply bring your original university diploma and some photo identification to a notary public (lawyer with a notary license) and request a notarized copy of your diploma. The notary will make a photocopy of your original diploma then they will sign and stamp it; you now have a notarized copy of your diploma. To find a notary public in your area simply do a Google search for: ‘Notary Public + your city name’.


  • STEP 2: Bring the notarized copy of your diploma to your Secretary of State office and request the Apostille Authentication. If you need to mail your documents to the SOS then use a priory courier service that offers a tracking number. The Secretary of State will return your notarized copy of diploma with the Apostille certificate affixed to it within 3-5 business days.


IMPORTANT: Make sure to confirm Apostille issuing policies and procedures with your respective SOS office prior to submitting your notarized copy of diploma.

NOTE: Most Secretary of State Offices will offer a faster service if you visit them in person. The table below is for reference purposes only. Applicants should always confirm the process with the office they plan on using (including mailing address and payment methods) prior to submitting and requesting documents.



Secretary of State (SOS) Offices in the US



State Capitol, Room E-204
600 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
P.O. Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811- 0015
1700 W. Washington,
7th Floor, Phoenix, AZ
602 542-4086
602 542-4758
State Capitol
Little Rock, AR 72201-1094
Arkansas Secretary of State
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277-0001
California Secretary of State
1560 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
303-894-2680 Or
303-894-2200, # 9500
Colarado Secretary of State
Mail: $2
In Person: $17
30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Connecticut Secretary of State

401 Federal St., Suite 3
Dover, DE 19901
302- 302/739-4111

Deleware Secretary of State

District of
441 4th St. N.W. (One Judiciary Square)
Washington, D.C.
D.of Columbia Secretary of State
Department of State
Division of Corporations
Apostille Certification
P.O. Box 6800
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6800
Florida Dept of State International Affairs
Georgia 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
Suite 1104, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
Georgia Secretary of State
State Capitol, 5 th Floor,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
808- 586-0255
Hawaii Lieutenant Governor (SOS)
Secretary of State
PO Box 83720
450 N 4th Street
Boise ID 83720-0080
208 -332-2810
Idaho Secretary of State
111 E. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL 62756
Illinois Secretary of State
Indiana Secretary of State
Authentication Department
302 W. Washington Street, Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 -232-2677 OR
Indiana Secretary of State
Free: No Charge
Lucas Building
First Floor, Public Service
Des Moines, IA 50319
Iowa Secretary of State
Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
Kansas Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State Apostilles Branch
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 156  Frankfort, KY  40601
502) 564-7330
Kentucky Secretary of State
Louisiana Secretary of State  Commissions Division
P. O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
225 922-0330
Louisianna Secretary of State
Maine Please visit website for more details

207-624-7650 OR 207- 624-7736

Maine Secretary of State
Maryland Please visit website for more details
Maryland Secretary of State
McCormack Building, Room 1719
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Massachusetts Secretary of State
Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48918
Michigan Secretary of State
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 Saint Paul, MN 55103-2141
Minnesota Secretary of State
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
Mississippi Secretary of State
Secretary of State’s Office
600 West Main, Room 322
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Missouri Secretary of State
Montana Please Contact State office for operating hours and mailing address.
Montana Secretary of State
Nebraska Secretary of State
Notary Division
PO Box 95104
Lincoln, NE 68509
Nebraska Secretary of State
Nevada Secretary of State
101 North Carson St., Suite 3
Carson City, NV. 89701
775 684 5708
Nevada Secretary of State
New Hampshire
Secretary of State’s Office, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
New Hampshire Secretary of State
New Jersey
NJ Division of Revenue, Notary Unit, PO Box 452, Trenton, NJ 08646
New Jersey Deparment of Treasury
New Mexico
325 Don Gaspar – Suite 300, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503
New Mexico Secretary of State
New York
View website for location address
(Albany and New York City)
Albany 518-473-1001
NYC 212-417-5747
New York Departmemt of State
North Carolina
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
North Carolina Secretary of State
North Dakota
Capitol Building
600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505
North Dakota Secretary of State
30 East Broad St.
15th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43266-0418
Ohio Secretary of State
2300 N. Lincoln
Room 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897
Oklahoma Secretary of State
Money Order
Cashier CHQ
Corporation Division
Notary Public section
255 Capitol St. NE Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310
Oregon Secretary of State
Pennsylvania Department of State  Bureau of Commissions, Elections and Legislation Room 210 North Office Building Harrisburg, PA 17120
717 787-5280
Pennsylvania Secretary of State
Rhode Island
Office of the Secretary of State Authentications/Certifications 148 W. River Street Providence, RI 02904
Rhode Island Secretary of State
South Carolina
P.O. Box 11350
Columbia, SC 29211
South Carolina Secretary of State
South Dakota
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5077
South Dakota Secretary of State
312 Eighth Avenue North
6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower
Nashville, TN 37243
Tennessee Secretary of State
P.O. Box 12079
Austin, TX 78711
Texas Secretary of State
210 State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-8414
Utah Secretary of State
Office of the Secretary of State
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier 05609-1101
Attn: Kathy Watters
Kathy Watters
Vermont Secretary of State
830 East Main Street, 14th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Virginia Secretary of State
PO Box 40228
OLYMPIA WA 98504-0228
360 586-2268
Washington Secretary of State
West Virginia
Capitol Building
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
No. 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305-0770
West Virginia Secretary of State
Wisconsin Please visit site for more information
608) 266-5503
Wisconsin Secretary of State
The Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
307-777-5342 OR
Wyoming Secretary of State