• Certification, Notarization, and Apostille

    Sometimes students are asked to present a certified and notarized copy of a document. The Registrar’s Office can provide certification and notarization free of charge for any documents issued by our office, such as transcripts, enrollment verifications, and diplomas (including photocopies of your original diploma).

    Certification is the addition by our office of a signed statement to the document indicating that it is an original document (or a true and correct copy) issued by the university.  

    Notarization is a process in which a notary watches us sign the statement and then places an official stamp or seal near the signature. This tells the recipient of the document that a representative of The New School signed the statement and that the document is authentic.

    Apostille is the authentication of a document by the State Department. If you are an international student and/or plan to work outside the United States, you may need to have your documents legally recognized by a foreign country in order to be used there. In many countries, this is done by acquiring an apostille.

    If you have any questions about the certification, notarization, and/or apostille process, please contact us and ask for assistance from Jesenia Valderrama.

  • Certification and Notarization

    How to Request

    In Person

    Bring your document(s) into our office. If you need it notarized, please allow up to five business days for processing. If you are not on campus, you can arrange to have a friend bring in your documents on your behalf.

    By Mail

    You can also mail your documents to us. Be sure to include a cover letter requesting that we certify and/or notarize the documents and indicate the address to which they should be sent. 

    Online

    Complete the Certification/Apostille Request Form. After your request form has been submitted, you will shortly be contacted by Jesenia Valderrama for further assistance. You can also request assistance in ordering your document from the Registrar's Office.

    Apostille

    How to Request

    1. Bring the document to the Registrar's Office for certification and notarization (preferably in person).
    2. Your document will be forwarded to our Certifying Officer for certification and notarization. This process may take up to five business days.
    3. Bring the document to the New York County Clerk (60 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007), who will authenticate our notary's signature.
    4. Bring the document to the Department of State, New York City location (123 William Street, New York, NY 10038), which will affix the apostille.
    5. Money orders for the document payable to the appropriate offices:  
      $3 per document to the New York County Clerk and $10 per document to the New York Department of State (or you can include credit card information on the Apostille/Certification of Authentication Request Form for the Department of State).

    For Those Who Are No Longer in New York

    If you are no longer in New York City or the tristate area, complete the Certification/Apostille Request Form. After your request form has been submitted, you will shortly be contacted by Jesenia Valderrama for further assistance.

    Related links

    List of countries that accept apostilles; apostille addresses and fees.

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