Apostille (Diploma/Transcript Authentication)*
EKU graduates who plan to work or further their education abroad may need to authenticate their degree(s) and transcripts. This process is often referred to as an Apostille, which is the verification and legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the Hague Convention.**
To order an Apostille document, please include the following items in addition to the completed duplicate diploma or transcript request form:
- $5.00 check or money order - issued to the “Madison County Clerk”
- Completed Kentucky State Apostille Authentication Form
- $5.00 check or money order - issued to the “Kentucky Secretary of State”
An apostille request includes the following steps:
- Submitting a duplicate diploma and/or official transcript
- Document is verified as authentic and notarized
- Authentication of the notary with the county clerk’s office
- Submission of these documents to the Kentucky Secretary of State
- The documents will then be mailed back to you, directly from the Kentucky Secretary of State's office
Please allow additional time for processing and receipt of apostille diplomas and transcripts due to the additional requirements.
*It is imperative that you verify the specific documents and authentication required by the receiving country. More information regarding authentication of American academic credentials for use abroad is available at the U.S. Department of State website .
**For those countries that do not recognize the Hague Convention or that do not accept the apostille, the U.S. Department of State has an Office of Authentications which can provide a federal authentication. Please note: if federal authentication is required, you must be sure to request the documents be returned to you, in order for you to complete the process.