Apostille/Great Seal

Official documents issued in one country and intended to be used in another country must be authenticated in order to be recognized as valid. If the foreign country is a member of The Hague Convention, an Apostille is required. If the foreign country is not a member of The Hague Convention, the Great Seal is normally required.

Countries that are members of The Hague Convention can be found at this web site: http://www.gsccca.org/projects/hague.asp
 
If a student has accepted employment in a foreign country or is returning home to a foreign country, he or she may need to have an official transcript and/or diploma legalized by either an Apostille or the Great Seal. Most foreign countries require the diploma versus a transcript, so it is important to find out which is required. Additionally, please be sure to obtain the required documentation prior to leaving Georgia. If someone will be assisting a student with this process, the student should ensure he or she has provided the individual with a signed letter authorizing them to assist the student with the process.
 
To order a diploma for either an Apostille or a Great Seal, a student will first need to request a replacement diploma, with a request for notarization in the "Special Instructions" field.  The signed, stamped, and notarized diploma will be mailed picked up in the Registrar's Office. A photo ID will be required for any pick-ups in the Registrar's Office.
 
To request a transcript for an Apostille or Great Seal, please attach a notarized transcript request form (PDF) to your official transcript request.
 
If a student needs an Apostille (the intended foreign country is a member of the Hague Convention), he or she will then obtain this from the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority.  Please carefully review the information on their web site (http://www.gsccca.org/projects/apost.asp) and follow the instructions provided. 
 
 If a student needs the Great Seal, he or she will then obtain this from the Elections Division of the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/general/authorized_use_of_the_state_seal_of_georgia2. Please carefully review the information on the web site and follow the instructions provided.