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.
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
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
) and follow the instructions provided.