A notary public is a public officer of the state, authorized by law to certify documents, take affidavits, and administer oaths.
To apply to become a Notary Public, re-apply for a Notary commission or update your personal information, please visit our online notary portal. Notary commissions are issued for eight (8) years. You must acquire a $5,000 bond prior to completing the application.
An apostille or an authentication certifies the authenticity of the signature, seal or position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a public document.
An apostille or authentication enables a public document issued in one country to be recognized as valid in another country.
The only effect of an Apostille is to certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille does not relate to the content of the underlying document, i.e., the apostillized document.
The Indiana Secretary of State can Authenticate or Apostille the following documents:
Certified copies of business organization documents on file with the Indiana Secretary of State:
- Articles of incorporation
- Certificates of limited partnership
- Certificates of merger
- Assumed name on certificates
- Registration of trademarks
- Certificates of existence or fact issued by the Business Services Division
For instructions and more information about obtaining and Apostille visit the Secretary of State's site. Obtain an Apostle