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Are walk-in services available for the secretary of state office in DC, Maryland, and Virginia?

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

Are walk-in services for authentication and apostille accepted by the secretary's office now? As of February 28, 2022, circumstances in the DMV area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) is different.

DC: Yes

DC Apostille, DC Authentication
DC Office of Secretary

"The Office of Notary Commissions and Authentications (ONCA), Document Authentication is open for in-person authentications. No appointment is needed. The hours are 9 AM - 1 PM, Monday - Friday, except holidays."

Maryland: No

Maryland Apostille, Maryland Authentication
MD Secretary of State Office

"ATTENTION ALL APOSTILLE CUSTOMERS Due to the Surge of the COVID Virus and a Lack of Readily Available Testing Beginning 12:00 Noon - December 27, 2021 ALL APOSTILLE SERVICES WILL BE MAIL IN ONLY"

Virginia: Yes, but by appointment

Virginia Apostille, Virginia Authentication
VA Secretary of State Office

"Documents can be authenticated in one of two ways: by mail, or in person appointment. Steps for in person appointment: Step one: Make an appointment via the online scheduling system. Step two: Come to the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth with properly prepared documents for authentication. Step Three: Wait while your documents are authenticated."

Checking if the walk-in services are available in other states in the U.S., please refer to this blog we updated regularly.


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