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Doing Business

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Mail

Documents received by mail take approximately one week from receipt to be returned. The name of the country of intended use and a daytime telephone number should be included in the request for authentication. The mailing address is below.

U.S. Department of State
Authentications Office
518 23rd Street, N.W.
State Annex 1
Washington, D.C. 20520

The Authentications Office will mail documents directly to the foreign embassy or consulate in the United States if provided with a transmittal letter for them, the fee, and a pre-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of the documents.

Counter Services

Open 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. only
Telephone: 202-647-5002
Telephone: 1-800-688-9889 (Option #6)
Each customer is limited to 15 documents to have processed per day on a while-you-wait basis. Two lines are available.

Line 1 (express line) - four (4) documents or less
Line 2 - five (5) to fifteen (15) documents

Location

U.S. Department of State
Authentications Office
518 23rd Street, N. W.
(Columbia Plaza Courtyard)
Washington, D. C. 20520
Nearest Metro Station - GWU-Foggy Bottom

Directions by Metro Rail

Use Blue or Orange Metro rail to GWU-Foggy Bottom stop. Exit Metro on 23rd Street and turn right. Walk down 3 blocks, cross Virginia Avenue, N. W., walk down to Columbia Plaza on right. Go through courtyard. 518 is at left corner of courtyard area.

Fees

The authentication fee is $5.00 per document. A check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State should be submitted with the document. A personal or company check, MasterCard, and Visa are acceptable.

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