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01.03.2021 - Article

Recognition of American Public Documents in Germany (Apostille)

Since October 15, 1981 the United States have been part of the 1961 Hague Convention abolishing the Requirements of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. As a result, this Consulate General no longer legalizes American public documents for use in the Federal Republic of Germany. These documents will be certified by the Secretary of State of the respective state, by placing the Apostille“ on the document.

The Apostille shall be issued at the request of the person who has signed the document or of any other bearer. In all cases the documents must be accompanied by a letter stating the fact that the documents will be used in the Federal Republic of Germany and asking explicitly for the Apostille according to the Hague Convention. Following are the addresses of the state authorities in charge of issuing the apostille:


Visit in person or mail documents to:
Illinois Secretary of State
Index Department
111 E. Monroe
Springfield, IL 62756
Phone (217) 782-7017

Chicago Office:
Illinois Secretary of State's
Index Department
17 N. State St. Suite 1010
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: (312) 814-8218

Fee: $2.00 per apostille (payable to the ”Secretary of State“)


Indiana Secretary of State
Authentication Department
302 W. Washington Street, Room E-018
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 232-2677

Fee: $2.00


Iowa Secretary of State
First Floor, Lucas Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-5204
Fax: (515)242-5953

Fee: $5.00


Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
Phone:(785) 296-4564

Fee: $7.50


First Class Mail:
Office of the Secretary of State
Authentications and Apostilles
P.O. Box 718
Frankfort, KY 40602-0718

Overnight or Hand Delivery:
Office of the Secretary of State
State Capitol
700 Capital Ave., Ste. 158
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 564-3490
Fax: (502) 564-5687

Fee: $5.00


Michigan Department of State
Office of the Great Seal
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
Phone: (202) 647-5002

Fee: $1.00


Retirement Systems of Minnesota Building
Minnesota Secretary of State - Certification
60 Empire Drive, Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55103-2141
Metro Area: (651)-296-2803
Greater MN: 1-877-551-6767

Fee: $5.00


Missouri Secretary of State
James C. Kirkpatrick State Information Center
Commissions Division
600 West Main, Room 322
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Phone: (573) 751-4153

Fee: $10.00


Nebraska Secretary of State
Notary Division
State Capitol Bldg., Rm. 1301
1445 K Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone: (402) 471-2558


North Dakota

Secretary of State
State of North Dakota
600 E Boulevard Avenue Dept 108
Bismarck ND 58505-0500
Phone: 701-328-2900
Toll Free: 800-352-0867
Fax: 701-328-2992

Fee: $15.00


Ohio Secretary of State
Client Service Center
22 North Fourth Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: (614) 466-2655

Fee: $5.00

South Dakota

Mailing Address:
Secretary of State
Capitol Building
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070

Physical Address:
215 E. Prospect Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501
Phone: (605) 773-4845
Fax: (605) 773-4550
E-Mail: apostille@state.sd.us


Fee: $25.00


B41 West, State Capitol
Madison WI 53702
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7848
Madison, WI 53707-7848

For courier deliveries:
State Capitol Mailroom
17 W. Main St.
Madison WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-5503
Fax: (608) 266-3159
E-Mail: statesec@wi.gov


Fee: $10.00

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