Obtaining an apostille

Definition: An apostille (pronounced "uh-pos-till") is a stamp or seal verifying the authenticity of an official document. Most official documents are recognized only in the country in which they were originally issued. The U.S. is a signatory to a 1961 treaty that provides mutual recognition of documents bearing an apostille. In the U.S., apostilles are issued by the Secretary of State for the state in which the document was issued.

To obtain an apostille for your UW diploma, you must submit a copy of your original diploma that has been signed and stamped, as a true copy, by an official from the University of Washington to the WA Secretary of State. If you should have your original diploma, you can deliver a copy of the original to the Graduation and Academic Records Office via mail, fax, e-mail or in-person. If the diploma copy is verified as a true copy, it will be signed and stamped by a Registrar official. It will then be sent to you to request the apostille through the WA Secretary of State. For information on obtaining an apostille, please visit the WA Secretary of State's website on apostilles.

If you need a newly-printed original diploma, you can submit a Diploma Replacement Form, along with a payment, to the UW Graduation and Academic Records Office.

Please contact the Graduation and Academic Records Office with any questions.