How To Apostille a Document for Adoption in MO?
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 MO.
In order to get an Apostille for your “green documents” in MO, you have to:
1. Get document notarized by a notary
3. Send to MO Secy of State for Apostille at:
Secretary of State’s Office
600 West Main, Room 322
Jefferson City, MO 65101
MO Charges $10 per Apostille.
MO Discount: The fee for certifying documents is $10 per certification or authentication. Examples of fees charged: If one document contains multiple notarizations all by the same notary the fee is $10; if multiple documents all contain notarizations by the same notary the fee is $10 per document; if one document contains multiple notarizations by different notaries the fee is $10 per notary.
MO Adoption Limit: State law limits the state’s allowable fee for processing certain documents to $100 per child per adoption, or per multiple children adopted at the same time. (This means that even if your total is more than $100, you would cut it off at $100 since that is the most the state will charge when you’re adopting a child).
Please make sure that check is made out to “Missouri Director of Revenue” for the fees owed for the apostilles.
Please include a pre-paid self addressed envelope for MO to return the apostilled docs to you. (Please have a tracking number)
573 751 2783 – 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)
MO does not have a specific template that they ask you to send with your Apostille request. So you’ll have to write your own cover letter along with your documents. The letter should include what country the documents will be sent to; a return address; and a contact phone number and e-mail address must be included with the documents.
I’ve attached a sample cover letter you can use. Please click the link below.