Notary and Apostille Service for Transcripts, Verifications and Diplomas

Notarized Documents:

A notarized document is one that has been marked with a stamp  (or “seal”), which indicates that the signature on the document is legitimate.  A notary watches you sign a document, and then places the stamp near your signature. This tells the recipient of the document that you really signed the document ; it was not somebody else posing as you. In  the age of identity theft and lawsuits, it is important for the recipient to know whether or not you really signed that important document.

The University Registrar will notarize Boston University documents on a walk-in basis.


An Apostille is a form of authentication issued by the Secretary of State which verifies the authenticity of a document. A document that has been certified with an Apostille is accepted for legal use in all nations that have signed the Hague Convention.  Those countries not a part of the Hague Convention are issued a Certificate of Appointment (C Certification).

The University Registrar will make the following documents available for Apostille: transcripts, enrollment/degree certification and replacement diplomas. A $30.00 service fee is charged for a first document; additional documents are $6.00 each. This will include notarization by Boston University and authentication by the Secretary of State. The fee charged for a transcript or replacement diploma is additional. The Apostille process is provided on the 1st and 15th of the month.

If you require this Apostille service, please fill out the Apostille Request Form  and submit it to:

Boston University
Office of the University Registrar
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(f) 617-358-2171

If you have any questions, please contact the BU Records Department at 617-353-3612;