Maryland Secretary of State
16 Francis Street, Jeffrey Building, 1st Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401
Guidelines for Maryland documents:
To obtain an apostille from the office of John P. McDonough, Maryland Secretary of State in Annapolis, please consider the following guidelines when submitting your Maryland documents.
Considerations for birth and death certificates issued in Maryland must be certified original copies and should be signed by currently acceptable state registrars Julia Davidson Randall or Geneva Sparks. Should you need to request a new copy of a vital record please contact www.vitalchek.com.
Considerations for notarized documents: should be previously certified by the county circuit clerk at the county where the notary is registered. The notary signature will confirm the identity of the person signing the documents.
Considerations for divorce decrees: Court documents must be certified by a Maryland clerk of the Circuit court.
Considerations for University diplomas transcripts grades or any school records issued by the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, University of Maryland, Baltimore, Towson University, University of Maryland University College, University of Baltimore among others, should be notarized and certified by the county clerk. Please request a notarized copy from your school registrar’s office.
To obtain copies of documents, please contact the County Clerk from the matching location: Allegany County, Carroll County, Harford County, St. Mary’s County, Anne Arundel County, Cecil County, Howard County, Somerset County, Baltimore City, Charles County, Kent County, Talbot County, Baltimore County, Dorchester County, Montgomery County, Washington County, Calvert County, Frederick County, Prince George’s County, Wicomico County, Caroline County, Garrett County, Queen Anne’s County and Worcester County.