Apostille USA

Apostille Authentication Procedures For American Teachers

 
American’s must submit two (2) Apostille authenticated documents to Korean Immigration in order to acquire a work visa; their original FBI Background Check and the Notarized Copy of their Diploma.

 

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 – Apostille Authentication

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 Korean Immigration 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.

 

How to have your FBI Check Apostille Authenticated for Teaching in Korea

There are 2 ways to secure a Department of State (DOS) Apostille Authentication for an FBI check:

  • OPTION A – Recommended Method [3-6 business days]: Use a private company that can expedite your DOS Apostille Authentication. Gone2Korea recommends using US Legalization Services because they’re fast, efficient and fairly priced. Visit their website for step by step instructions for securing the Apostille. Note: Gone2Korea is not affiliated with US Legalization and we do not collect a fee for referring people to their services.
  • OPTION B – Not Recommended [2-4 weeks]: The other way to have your check authenticated is by mailing your FBI check directly to the Department of State. 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

 

2. Notarized Copy of Diploma (Degree Certificate) – Apostille Authentication

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).

 

How to have your University Diploma Apostille Authenticated for Teaching in Korea

  • 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 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. Note: 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 the 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 – Directory

 

State
Address
Phone/Fax
Web
Cost
Alabama
State Capitol, Room E-204
600 Dexter Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-242-7210
$5
Alaska
P.O. Box 110015
Juneau, AK 99811- 0015
907-465-3509
$2
Arizona
1700 W. Washington,
7th Floor, Phoenix, AZ
85007-2888
602 542-4086
602 542-4758
$3
Arkansas
State Capitol
Little Rock, AR 72201-1094
501-682-1010
Arkansas Secretary of State
$10
California
P.O. Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277-0001
916-653-3595
California Secretary of State
$20
Colarodo
1560 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80202
303-894-2680
303-894-2680 Or
303-894-2200, # 9500
Colarado Secretary of State
Mail: $2
In Person: $17
Connecticut
30 Trinity Street, Hartford, CT 06106
860-509-6135

Connecticut Secretary of State

$20
Deleware
401 Federal St., Suite 3
Dover, DE 19901
302- 302/739-4111

Deleware Secretary of State

$10
District of
Columbia
441 4th St. N.W. (One Judiciary Square)
Washington, D.C.
202-727-3117

D.of Columbia Secretary of State

$10
Florida
Department of State
Division of Corporations
Apostille Certification
P.O. Box 6800
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6800
850-245-6945
Florida Dept of State International Affairs
$10
Georgia 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SE
Suite 1104, West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334-1530
404-327-6023
Georgia Secretary of State
$10
Hawaii
State Capitol, 5 th Floor,
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
808- 586-0255
Hawaii Lieutenant Governor (SOS)
$1
Idaho
Secretary of State
PO Box 83720
450 N 4th Street
Boise ID 83720-0080
208 -332-2810
Idaho Secretary of State
$10
Illinois
111 E. Monroe St.
Springfield, IL 62756
217-782-7017
Illinois Secretary of State
$2
Indiana
Indiana Secretary of State
Authentication Department
302 W. Washington Street, Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317 -232-2677 OR
317-232-6532
Indiana Secretary of State
Free: No Charge
Iowa
Lucas Building
First Floor, Public Service
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5204
Iowa Secretary of State
$5
Kansas
Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
785-296-4564
Kansas Secretary of State
$7.50
Kentucky
Office of the Secretary of State Apostilles Branch
700 Capital Avenue, Suite 156  Frankfort, KY  40601
502) 564-7330
Kentucky Secretary of State
$5
Louisianna
Louisiana Secretary of State  Commissions Division
P. O. Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9125
225 922-0330
Louisianna Secretary of State
$20
Maine Please visit website for more details

207-624-7650 OR 207- 624-7736

Maine Secretary of State
$10
Maryland Please visit website for more details
410-974-5521
Maryland Secretary of State
$5
Massachusetts
McCormack Building, Room 1719
One Ashburton Place
Boston, MA 02108
617-727-2832
Massachusetts Secretary of State
$6
Michigan
Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Boulevard
Lansing, MI 48918
517-373-2531
Michigan Secretary of State
$1
Minnesota
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100 Saint Paul, MN 55103-2141
651-296-2803
Minnesota Secretary of State
$5
Mississippi
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 136
Jackson, MS 39205-0136
601-359-1615
Mississippi Secretary of State
$5
Missouri
Commissions
Secretary of State’s Office
600 West Main, Room 322
Jefferson City, MO 65101
573-751-2783
Missouri Secretary of State
$10
Montana Please Contact State office for operating hours and mailing address.
406-444-1877
Montana Secretary of State
$10
Nebraska
Nebraska Secretary of State
Notary Division
PO Box 95104
Lincoln, NE 68509
402-471-2558
Nebraska Secretary of State
$10
Nevada
Nevada Secretary of State
101 North Carson St., Suite 3
Carson City, NV. 89701
775 684 5708
Nevada Secretary of State
$20
New Hampshire
Secretary of State’s Office, 107 North Main Street, Concord, NH 03301
603-271-3242
New Hampshire Secretary of State
$10
New Jersey
NJ Division of Revenue, Notary Unit, PO Box 452, Trenton, NJ 08646
609.292.4087
New Jersey Deparment of Treasury
$25
New Mexico
325 Don Gaspar – Suite 300, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503
800-477-3632
New Mexico Secretary of State
$3
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
$10
North Carolina
PO Box 29622
Raleigh, NC 27626-0622
919-807-2140
North Carolina Secretary of State
$10
North Dakota
Capitol Building
600 E Boulevard Ave., Dept 108
Bismarck, ND 58505
701-328-2900
North Dakota Secretary of State
$10
Ohio
30 East Broad St.
15th Fl.
Columbus, OH 43266-0418
877-767-6446
Ohio Secretary of State
$5
Oklahoma
2300 N. Lincoln
Room 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4897
405-521-4211
Oklahoma Secretary of State
$25
Money Order
Cashier CHQ
Oregon
Corporation Division
Notary Public section
255 Capitol St. NE Suite 151
Salem, OR 97310
503-986-2200
Oregon Secretary of State
$10
Pennsylvania
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
$15
Rhode Island
Office of the Secretary of State Authentications/Certifications 148 W. River Street Providence, RI 02904
401-222-1487
Rhode Island Secretary of State
$5
South Carolina
P.O. Box 11350
Columbia, SC 29211
803-734-2119
South Carolina Secretary of State
$2
South Dakota
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5077
605-773-3537
South Dakota Secretary of State
$5
Tennessee
312 Eighth Avenue North
6th Floor, William R. Snodgrass Tower
Nashville, TN 37243
615-741-3699
Tennessee Secretary of State
$2
Texas
P.O. Box 12079
Austin, TX 78711
512-463-5705
Texas Secretary of State
$15
Utah
210 State Capitol
Salt Lake City, UT 84145-8414
801-538-1040
Utah Secretary of State
$5
Vermont
Office of the Secretary of State
26 Terrace Street
Montpelier 05609-1101
Attn: Kathy Watters
802-828-2308
Kathy Watters
Vermont Secretary of State
$2
Virginia
830 East Main Street, 14th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
804-786-2441
Virginia Secretary of State
$10
Washington
PO Box 40228
OLYMPIA WA 98504-0228
360 586-2268
Washington Secretary of State
$15
West Virginia
Capitol Building
1900 Kanawha Blvd. East
 No. 157-K
Charleston, WV 25305-0770
304-558-6000
West Virginia Secretary of State
$10
Wisconsin Please visit site for more information
608) 266-5503
Wisconsin Secretary of State
$10
Wyoming
The Capitol Building
200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020
307-777-5342 OR
307-777-5346
Wyoming Secretary of State
$3