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.
If you have accepted employment in a foreign country or if 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. Most foreign countries require the diploma versus a transcript, but be sure to find out which is required. Also, please be sure to obtain the required documentation prior to leaving Georgia. If someone will be assisting with this process, be sure you provide them with a signed letter from you authorizing them to do so.
For either an Apostille or a Great Seal, you will first need to request a replacement diploma, with a request for notarization in the "Special Instructions" field. The signed, stamped, and notarized diploma will be mailed to you or you can pick it up in our office. Be sure to bring your photo ID.
If you need an Apostille (the intended foreign country is a member of the Hague Convention), you will then obtain this from the Georgia Superior Court Clerks’ Cooperative Authority. Please carefully review the information on their web site (http://www.gsccca.org/projects/apost.asp
) and follow their instructions.