A notarized document is one that has been marked with a stamp (or “seal”) to indicate that the signature is legitimate. A notary watches you sign a document, and then places the stamp near your signature. In the age of identity theft and lawsuits, this tells the recipient of an important document that you really signed it—it was not someone else posing as you.
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 transcripts, enrollment/degree certifications, and diplomas available for Apostille. There is a $30.00 service fee for the first document; additional documents are $6.00 each. This includes 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.
Due to Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards, we are unable to accept this request as an email attachment.
If you require Apostille service, please fill out the Apostille Request Form and submit it to:
Office of the University Registrar
881 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
If you are planning to order a replacement diploma to have it notarized with Apostille Services, you will also need to complete and send the Diploma Replacement form.