ATTENTION ALL APOSTILLE CUSTOMERS
-- BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 19TH --
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL APOSTILLE /CERTIFICATION CUSTOMERS
BEGINNING MONDAY SEPTEMBER 19 WALK-IN SERVICES WILL BE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Due to a demolition and construction project scheduled for the 1st floor lobby and offices of the Wineland building all apostille/certification services will be mail-in only. During this period there will be no public access to the building.
Mail your documents to:
Secretary of State
16 Francis Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Call 410-974-5521 for additional information
Use our checklist for mailing instructions
There are several types of certifications processed in the Office of the Secretary of State. We certify the incumbency of persons the Governor appoints to various Commissions and Cabinet positions; elected officials; and portions of the Annotated Code of Maryland.
Some documents (birth/death, marriage/divorce, police records, corporate good-standing certificates) submitted to this office are being used internationally for adoptions, dual citizenship, doing business, transferring school records, etc.
Whether or not a country will accept the apostille form of certification, depends on whether that country signed the Hague Treaty. The Hague Treaty is an international treaty agreeing to accept the signature of the Secretary of State of each state, without having it certified by the U.S. Secretary of State.
Countries which signed the Hague Treaty accept the Apostille form of certification and for those which did not, the standard form is used. For a more complete explanation of the Hague Convention, visit the site of the
U.S. State Department.
Statutory Authority: State Government Article, §7-106 and by virtue of the Secretary's being a member of the Board of State Canvassers.
Check List to use when sending documents to the Office of the Secretary of State
Frequently Asked Questions