Apostille Certification Instructions

Instructions to obtain apostille certification of the FBI background check
(Valencia Year-Long Students)
Once you have received the FBI background check. You will need to proceed with step two, obtain the
Apostille Certification. Apostille Certification will take 5- 15 business days for processing. Please do not
waste time submitting your FBI Background Check for certification.
1.) Complete the DS-4194 Request for Authentications service form, only available online here:
Important: copies of this form are not acceptable—you must submit the original!
-Complete Section 1 with your information
-Skip Section 2
-Complete Section 3 with your information
-Section 4, please fill out as followed:
Country: Spain
Number of Document: 1
Document Type: FBI Criminal Background Record
-Section 5, please fill out as follows:
Total Number of Documents: 1
Estimated Cost: $8
2.)Payment: Include a check (personal, corporate, certified cashiers, or travelers) or money order for the
authentication fee, made payable to the U.S. Department of State.
As of February 2014, the fee is $8 per document.
3.) Include a prepaid and prefilled return air bill and envelope for the U.S. Department of State to
return the certification to you. FSU International Programs recommends using FedEx, UPS, or other
express mail provider with a traceable delivery method to both send and include for return delivery to
4.) Ship: Mail the DS-4194 Request for Authentications service form, check or money order, pre-paid
and pre-filled return air bill and envelope, and Original FBI background check to:
U.S. Department of State
Office of Authentications
1st Floor
1150 Passport Services PL
Dulles, VA 20189-1150
5.) Track the status of your certification! If after 15 days, contact the Department of State
Authentication Office for a status on the processing. Phone Number: (202) 485-8000
6.) Once you receive your apostille certification and FBI background check back, make a copy of
everything for your records and send the original documents by traceable mail to:
FSU International Programs
Attn: Tina Brooks
A5500 University Center
282 Champions Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306
For more information, visit: http://www.state.gov/m/a/auth/