Apostille/Great Seal

If you have accepted employment in a foreign country or you are returning home to a foreign country, you may need to have your official transcript and/or your diploma legalized by either an Apostille or the Great Seal. An Apostille is a one-page document, which is issued by an authority on the state or federal level.

Official documents issued in one country and intended to be used in another country must be authenticated in order to be recognized as valid in the foreign country.  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.  In either case, you will need to submit your request in writing to the Registrar’s Office.  We will notarize the documents and provide instructions to the student/alumni on where to go to obtain the Apostille or Great Seal.

Apostille-Hague Convention Treaty Nations  
Georgia Superior Court 
1875 Century Blvd Ste 100 
Atlanta Ga 30345

Great Seal - Non Hague Countries
Secretary of State Elections Division
2 Martin Luther King Jr Drive SE
Ste 802 Floyd West Tower
Atlanta, GA 30334

A list of countries that are signers of the Hague convention can be found on the web site of the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority.


Apostilles/Great Seals are ordered through our Online Ordering Service 

  • Apostille/Great Seal for Diplomas:  During the ordering process, you will be required to upload an 8 ½ X 11 copy of your diploma.  The copy of your diploma will be notarized as part of the Apostille/Great seal requirements.
  • Apostille/Great Seal for Transcripts:  An Emory University transcript will be generated upon completion of your order.  Your transcript will be notarized as part of the Apostille/Great seal requirements.


During the ordering process, you will be asked to provide the country where the Apostille/Great Seal will be utilized.  This is required to ensure we obtain the appropriate seal (Apostille or Great Seal)


Apostille/Great Seal (Emory University Processing) - $75 for one seal plus $10 for each additional seal*. 

*Note: This Emory University Processing option will not be offered starting September 1, 2017. 

Apostille/Great Seal (Student Processing) - There is no charge for notarizing (certifying) your documents.  You will be charged a minimal fee by the state or federal agency to get the Apostille/Great seal.

Turn-Around Time

Three to four weeks (processed around the 15th of each month)