Korvia has received questions lately from applicants and recruits as to which Department of State apostille address is correct for sending their FBI Identity History Summary Check (formerly Criminal Background Check) to. The Department of State recently separated walk-in apostillization and mail-in apostillization into different offices and addresses; actually two different states as well.

Mail-In Apostille

If you are sending your FBI IHSC by mail, the correct address to send it to is the Department of State Authentications Office in Virginia. The address is:

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
44132 Mercure CIR PO BOX 1206 Sterling, VA 20166 1206

The DOS also recently made this note for anyone sending authentication requests to them:

“Note: Effective October 6, 2014, all express mail air bill labels sent to the Office of Authentications for the use of returning documents must reflect the customer’s mailing address as both the sender and recipient.”

Walk-In Apostille

If you live near the Washington DC area, you have the option of “walking-in” or physically visiting the office to obtain an apostille in a much quicker timeframe. You can either do a walk-in or make an appointment. The address for this office is:

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Please note that these offices are used for explicitly for apostilling your FBI Identity History Summary Check. As of 2014, EPIK requires that ALL IHSCs be apostilled by the Department of State Authentications Office.

For more information about the Department of State Authentications Office please visit it’s official website.

Featured image courtesy of the United States Diplomacy Center