How To Apostille a Document for Adoption in IL?
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 IL. In order to get an Apostille a document in IL, you have to send the docs to IL Secretary of State at:
Illinois Secretary of State
17 N. State St., Ste 1010
Chicago, IL 60602
IL Charges $2 per Apostille.
Since you live in Chicago, you should know they also have a “walk in service”, so if you want to save time – which may be a good idea- perhaps you can take the docs there yourslf. Most often, they will issue the Apostilles the same day, or the next day instead of having to wait 7 – 10 days processing if you mail in.
Please make sure that check is made out to “IL Secretary of State” for the fees owed for the apostilles.
Please include a pre-paid self addressed envelope for IL to return the apostilled docs to you. Depending on the courier, you may have to include a pre-paid bill receipt. (Please have a tracking number)
312 814 8218 – please call to verify that nothing has changed since these instructions were written. Please ask them if there are any changes due to COVID19? (Double check fees, location, and ask if they have a preferred mail courier)
Click below to get the form you’ll need as a “cover letter” to request an Apostille from IL.