*IMPORTANT: Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many staff are working remotely. The processing of diploma and transcript authentication requests may be delayed.
Apostille - Diploma and Transcript Authentication
The apostille ensures that public documents issued in a signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country. The sole function of the apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature on the document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document.
Under the Hague Convention of 1961, signatory countries have agreed to recognize public documents issued by other signatory countries if those public documents are authenticated by the attachment of an internationally recognized form of authentication known as an “apostille”. The apostille ensures that public documents issued in one signatory country will be recognized as valid in another signatory country.
NOTE: If you are using the diploma or transcript in a country not listed in the signatory countries, you will need to contact the Embassy or Consulate of the country where you intend to use the document to discuss their authentication requirements. Some non-signatory countries may accept an apostille. Others may require further steps.
To request an apostille/authentication of your diploma/transcript:
Print and complete the Apostille/Authentication Request Form.
If you require NY State Authentication complete the State Apostille/Certification of Authentication Request. Visit the NYS Department of State website for additional information.
- Mail all required documents and payments to:
Student Achievement Services
Box 5575 – 8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13699-5575
If you need to request a new copy of your diploma or transcript, please use these links:
The apostille process can take two to three weeks. We are happy to help you navigate through this process. Please feel free to contact us if you have any question or concerns about your request