Part of the responsibilities of the County Clerk's office is the authentication of signatures for Notary Publics commissioned in Orange County as well as Registrars/Clerks that sign off on Marriage/Birth/Death Certificates issued by the local municipalities within Orange County. Most times this is done for Apostille services. While the County Clerk's Office does not issue the actual Apostille, you will need to have the document Authenticated by us prior to sending it to NYS for them to affix the Apostille.
An Apostille is an authentication of a public document issued pursuant to the 1961 Hague Convention. For more information regarding Apostilles please visit the NYS website here.
$3 per Notary signature per document
(Notary must be commissioned in Orange County or have an Oath of Official character filed in Orange County)
$5 for each Marriage/Birth/Death Certificate
(Document must be issued by the local municipality within Orange County and have their raised seal)
You can have them authenticated by either bringing the document to the Passport window at the County Clerk's Office or you can mail the documents into the office at:
Orange County Clerk’s Office
255 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
If you are mailing the documents in please be sure to include the check or money order for the fee made payable to the Orange County Clerk. We will also need a self addressed & postage paid envelope so that we can return the documents to you upon completion.
Once the County Clerk's office has authenticated the documents you can then send them to the NYS Department of State for the affixing of the Apostille.