Can a New York apostille be verified?

covid 19 4960657 640Due to the public health concern regarding COVID-19, many state and federal agencies and consulates have suspended their walk-in service. Therefore, many apostille/ authentication requests are being processed via mail with delayed processing time. Please email us for the processing time. 
U.S. Department of State: the processing time for federal apostilles and authentication certificates (including FBI, 6166 U.S. Residency certifications, etc.) is currently 8-12 weeks. There is no expedited or walk-in service.  



question answerIn the state of New York you can verify whether an Apostille or Certificate of authentication was issued by the Office of the New York Secretary of State. This service is available for apostilles and certificates issued after April 9, 2013. This service is free!

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We can verify your New York apostille / authentication certificate. It is free!

new york apostille verifyWe will ask you to provide:

Document number: The Document number for an Apostille is located in Section 8. The Document number for a Certificate of Authentication is the first series of numbers located in the lower left corner.

Issue date: The Issue date for an Apostille is in section 6 of the Apostille. The Issue date for a Certificate of Authentication is directly above the signature. (please note that we can only verify apostilles / certificates of authentication issued after April 9, 2013.

If your apostille / certificate was in fact issued by the State of New York, the response to your inquiry will look like this

Verified: The New York State Secretary of State’s Office issued Apostille Number 632426 on Monday, August 8, 2016 under the signature of Whitney A. Clark, Special Deputy Secretary of State. The Apostille authenticated a public document signed by Milton A. Tingling acting in the capacity of County Clerk of the county of New York.

The response will not include the description of the document that was apostilled or authenticated.