Authentications Office [Department of State] Law and Legal Definition

The Authentications Office is a part of the Department of State that is responsible for signing and issuing certificates under the Seal of the U.S. Department of State. The Office provides authentication services to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals on documents that will be used overseas.

The Authentications Office receives a variety of documents from commercial organizations, private citizens, and officials of the Federal and State governments. Documents include received by the office include company bylaws, powers of attorney, trademarks, diplomas, transcripts, distributorship agreements, articles of incorporation, good standing certificates, home studies, letters of reference etc. The authentication fee is $8.00 per document. A personal/company check or money orders made payable to the U.S. Department of State must be submitted with document. The office ensures that the requested information will serve in the interest of justice and is not contrary to U.S. policy.