Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone can request an authentication. The requestor does not need to be related to any persons named in the document.

State level authentication is not required for documents to be used within the United States or its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands etc.). This office does not issue authentication in this case. You must contact the courthouse where the notary took their oath and request a notary certification of good standing.

Our office does not provide notary/translation services. *Local banks, UPS, and USPS have notary services

Documents that do not follow the guidelines or are missing any part of the required information will be returned for correction.

Refunds are issued when payment is $10 and over the needed amount for processing.

Contact Information

Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Authentication Division
1111 East Broad St, 1st Floor
Richmond, VA 23219

Phone: 804-692-0114