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How to obtain Apostille of certified copies of documents from the NARA?

Updated: Feb 18

What is NARA?

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by NARA forever.

Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family's history, need to prove a veteran's military service, or are researching a historical topic that interests you.

What are the types of certified copies issued by NARA?

  • Naturalization Records

  • Immigration Records

  • Visa Records

  • Court Records

  • Alien Files (A-Files)

  • Passport Records

  • Passenger Arrival Records

  • Tax Records

  • Vital Records

  • Bankruptcy Case Files

  • Declaration of Intention

  • Certificate of Arrival

  • Oath of Allegiance

  • Military Service Records

  • Federal Court Records Older than 15 Years

What does a certified copy issued by the NARA look like?

Below is a sample of a certified copy attached to a petition for naturalization records issued by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). It bears the official's original signature and ribbon embossed foil seal.

A Certified Copy of NARA Document Sample |
NARA Document Sample |

How to Apostille or Authenticate the NARA documents?

If these documents are destined for use in countries outside of the U.S., an apostille or authentication is required. The U.S. Department of State has the authorization to issue an apostille of a copy of a document certified by NARA.

Step 1. Order the Apostille or Authentication service based on the destination country.

  • If the destination country requiring the document is one of the Hague Apostille countries, then, the document is ready for use, no further authentication steps are needed.

  • If the destination country requiring the document is one of the Non-Hague Apostille countries, the subsequent process is needed. You should request an Authentication from the foreign embassies located in D.C.

Step 2. Mail us the original certified copy of your document issued by the NARA.

Mail it to the address below for further processing (with your order#).

📮 Mailing Address

American Notary Service Center

7512 Diplomat Drive, Suite 101,

Manassas, VA 20109

💡In case you don't know whether the document you have will suffice the requirements. Don't worry. You'll be guided with an instruction email regarding your case from our customer service team after you place an order. It's highly recommended to follow the guidance to avoid any possible rejections or multiple mailings.

The Apostille process can be complicated, time-consuming, and distracting that requires expertise and experience. So just leave it to us. Our experts can provide you with a full range of fast services that allow you to save time and focus on your own careers and key areas.

Besides the NARA documents, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.


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