Apostilles are used by foreign governments to assess the authenticity of an official signature on a document; the capacity in which the person signing the document acted; and the identity of any stamp or seal affixed to the document. When the Department of State authenticates a document with an apostille, the department verifies that the person who signed the document is a Pennsylvania official and the Secretary of the Commonwealth has given "full faith and credit" to the official's seal and signature. Apostilles are not issued for documents that will be used within the United States. To place an order, please follow these steps:
- Place an order for a replacement diploma shipped to your home.
- Have the diploma notarized.
- Follow the steps to send it to the Department of State.