The Office of the Secretary of
State provides authentication and apostille service to U.S. citizens
and foreign nationals on all documents that will be used overseas.
Types of documents include corporate documents such as company
bylaws and articles of incorporation, power of attorney, patent
applications and trademarks, diplomas, transcripts, letters relating
to degrees, marital status, references and job certifications, home
studies, deeds of assignments, distributorship agreements, papers
for adoption purposes, etc.
All Documents must include -
An original signature
An original South Dakota Notary Public signature
$5.00 fee per document (Please make the check or money order
payable to the Secretary of State. We also accept cash, Visa and
All cover letters must include -
The name of the country where the documents will be sent.
(Countries require different certifications and the document cannot
be certified without this information.)
A daytime phone number for possible questions.
Information on where the documents should be mailed after
We will only send the documents back by 1st class mail.
If you want to track your documents and/or want them mailed in a
different manner, you must enclose a pre-paid, self-addressed
envelope for that service.
If the document is a vital
records document (birth certificate, marriage license, etc), then
you must contact the county Register of Deeds office from the
county where the document originated or the State Department of
Health (605-773-4961) and request a certified copy of that
document; then submit the certified copy to the Office of the
Secretary of State with the filing fee of $5.00 per document.
Most documents will be processed
and mailed on the day they are received. You may also visit the
Office of the Secretary of State to have the documents processed.
However, please contact the Notary
Administrator, (email address:
firstname.lastname@example.org) to make an
appointment so that help is available when you arrive. You may call
605-773-5007. The Secretary of State office is located on the second
floor of the state capitol building in Pierre: 500 E Capitol Avenue,
Suite 204, Pierre SD 57501-5070.
More information on apostilles
and authentications is available through the U.S. State
Department Office of Authentication by phone (202)647-5002 or