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Authentication Certificate Turn-Around Times Due to resource shortages, effective February 1, 2024 we are revising the drop/off and pick up times for documents presented for Authentication as follows:
If you do not have an appointment the turn-around time is 30-45 business days.
If you have an appointment, turn around is as follows:
Up to 20 documents – 24 hours
20-35 documents – 74 hours
36+ documents – up to 21 days
There is no change for Funeral Home requests for authentication.
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What We Do

The NC Authentication Office issues apostilles, authentications and certificates for a variety of NC documents, including: birth certificates, marriage certificates, statements of marital status, articles of incorporation, corporate bylaws, certificates of merger, powers of attorney, patent applications, trademarks, diplomas, school transcripts, deeds, and assignments of interest.

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Telephone

919-814-5400

Mailing Address

NC Secretary of State
Authentication Office
NC Secretary of State
Post Office Box 29622
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0622

Physical Address

NC Secretary of State
Authentication Office
NC Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-2903
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