What is an Apostille?
An apostille is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in the 1961 Hauge Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Typically, the apostille is used to authenticate documents like transcripts or diplomas. Please visit NC Department of the Secretary of State website for further information.
What is the time frame for the Apostille process?
Once the document(s) has been notarized, the Office of the University Registrar sends the document(s) and check for the charges to the NC Secretary of State, a cover letter explaining what is needed for the Apostille, and a prepaid envelope for the Secretary of State to return the documents to HPU. As soon as the Apostille documents are received back from Raleigh, NC, the Office of the University Registrar mails all documents to the originally requested address.
*Please note that the NC Secretary of State requires at least 5 business days to complete the Apostille request, and the entire process usually takes at least 4 weeks to complete.
How do I obtain an Apostille for a document?
A student should send a written request to the University Registrar’s Office (via email, fax, or US Post mail) detailing to which particular document the Apostille should be attached (usually a transcript or statement of certification/ graduation), mentioning the country to which it is being sent, and the current address and contact information of the student requesting the Apostille.
*Please note that if you are requesting a diploma order, the student must also include a document stating the exact spelling and format of the name printed on the diploma, the year of graduation, and degree earned.
The Office of the University Registrar will request a notary public to notarize the document, and then have the documents sent to the North Carolina Secretary of State.
How much are the Apostille fees, and how do I pay for them?
There is a $100.00 fee for a document to receive the official Apostille; additional documents needing the official Apostille will add $25.00 (per document) to the cost.
All fees must be paid in full prior starting the Apostille process. Students may pay via credit card (international credit cards are not accepted) or check (made payable to High Point University).
Please send all checks to:
High Point University
Office of the University Registrar, Drawer #38
One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27268