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Apostilles or Authentication of Documents

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Some foreign governments and agencies require that diplomas and transcripts be certified with an apostille. An apostille is a document issued by the Massachusetts' Secretary of the Commonwealth that verifies the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document. The apostille is a specific form of authentication for countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. The Secretary of the Commonwealth's office is the only agency in Massachusetts that is authorized to issue an apostille or certification for a notarized document going to a foreign country. Massachusetts does not certify out-of -state documents. They must be certified by the state of origin. Additional information can be found at

Complete the Special Service for Apostille Process for Diploma and/or Official Transcript form available on the Office of Student Services website.