How To Apostille a Document for Adoption in North Carolina?
The green documents are “green” because I want to help you group them together in the sense that they will all be going together to get an “Apostille” from the Secretary of State in North Carolina.
In order to get an Apostille a document in NC, you have to send them to the NC Secretary of State in Raleigh. The address is:
Authentication Office NC Secretary of State 2 South Salisbury St Raleigh NC 27601-2903
NC Charges $10 per Apostille. (There is a discount for adoption)
Discount for Adoptions Only: For adoptions only, processing fee for a duplicate original is $5 when requested at the same time.
You would be taking advantage of this discount quite a bit because for your “dossier” all documents (with a couple exceptions) will be in 2 sets. So you will be sending several of your dossier document in 2 originals. Therefore the first original will be $10 and the second one will be charged at $5. Total of $15 for 2 duplicate originals instead of $20 – when sent at the same time.
Please make sure that check is made out to “NC Secretary of State” for the fees owed for the apostilles.
Please include a pre-paid self addressed envelope for NC to return the apostilled docs to you. (Please have a tracking number)
Now, keep in mind, just because all the “green” documents will go together, that does not mean that they are all prepared in the same way.
On the contrary there are quite a few differences in the steps you have to take with each in order to get them eligible for an apostille.
One quick example is the Medical form. It is signed by your doctor, and a notary notarizes his/her signature. So you don’t have to do much but send it.
However, the passport copies is something you make copies of and implement the affidavit/oath legalization before sending it – so you have more work there.
Different forms will need different things done to them. So please make sure to take the time and read the individual steps within each different document. For some that are more challenging to prepare, there are videos of me explaining things. Hope that helps. At the end of the day, remember, I am here to help, so if somethings isn’t clear – pick up the phone and call me! 704 527 7673. Or text, or skype me, or email me.Lets do this thing!
(Below is an FAQ directly from NC Secy of State, if you’d like to check it out – but you don’t have to, and we always link to our Bulgaria page – as it is always changing with its new blogs and adoption stories)