Apostille is a French word that means certification. It is a form of authentication appropriate to countries which have signed the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization of Foreign Public Documents.
Students and former students living and working in foreign countries may need educational records like diplomas or transcripts authenticated with an apostille. Saint Michael’s College has set out these steps for processing such documents:
For transcripts, send a letter requesting the apostille along with a completed Transcript Request Form and mail it to the Registrar’s Office with the appropriate fee.
For diplomas, send a letter requesting the apostille along with a photocopy of your diploma to the Registrar’s Office. The college does not keep copies of diplomas presented to graduates. If you need a replacement diploma mention that in your letter. Include payment for the replacement diploma, $25.
In addition to the above, include a letter addressed to the Vermont Secretary of State asking that an apostille be applied for the Saint Michael’s College records that will be enclosed with your letter. Your letter to the Secretary of State should also include the country of destination, instructions on where to mail the authenticated documents, and your own contact information. Also, enclose a check for $2.00 for each document, made out to the Vermont Secretary of State. If you want the Secretary of State’s office to send your documents via special means such as Federal Express or any other courier service, you must provide a prepaid air bill. Unless otherwise instructed, your documents will be mailed via first class mail.
When the Registrar’s Office receives the items mentioned above, office staff will prepare the documents, have them notarized by a Vermont Notary Public, and send them, including your check, to the office of the Vermont Secretary of State.