Diploma & Transcript Authentication (Apostille)

Niagara University grads are all around the world, and countries often require documents to be authenticated. An “authentication” (often called an “Apostille”) certifies the signature and the position of the official who has executed, issued or certified a copy of a document, and has you ready to send your NU credentials abroad. This page is a guide to certifying NU documents through Apostille.

NOTE: Not all countries accept documents certified by Apostille, but under the Hague Convention,  signatory countries  have agreed to recognize documents issued by other signatory countries. So if you’re heading to a country not listed in the signatory countries, or you are unsure if the particular entity will accept Apostille, you should contact the embassy or consulate of the country where you intend to use the document to discuss their authentication requirements.  

  • Step 1: Please review the following basic information from the New York State Department website:  http://www.dos.state.ny.us/corps/index.html
  • Step 2: Send a written request to the Director of the Records Office at NU for either a diploma or transcript to be authenticated “by Apostille.”
  • Step 3: Bring the document(s) to the Niagara County Clerk’s Office. They will affix their seal and signature.
  • Step 4: You must then use the approved form to have all the signatures authenticated by the Department of State. Click here for Department of State contact information, office hours, associated fees and procedural updates.