Due to the ongoing fight to reduce the impacts of COVID-19, the Corporations and Charities Division office has some in-person and curbside services available if you are not able to complete your filing online. Phone and processing hours will be temporarily reduced to 8am-5pm Monday through Thursday. No work will be performed on Fridays until after August 7, or further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.


June 19 to June 29 the Department of Licensing Notary system will be offline. This may prevent some verifications for Apostilles, specifically in the drivers abstract and E-Notary categories. You may experience some delays during that time. If you have related Apostilles questions please send us an email.


What is an Apostille?

An "apostille" is an authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of October 5,1961.

If the country of intended use does not participate in the Hague Convention, documents being sent to that country may obtain a Certificate of Authentication.

Look what's new!

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Apostille/Certificate format, effective May 15, 2019. This new format will be a single page tri-ligual Apostille/Certificate with a black and white Washington State Seal. We will continue to affix the Apostille/Certificate to the approved documents with our security corner.

You may view samples of the new format. If you have any questions please contact [email protected].


Certificates are not valid for use anywhere within the United States of America, its territories or possessions.