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Authentication Certificate Turn-Around Times Due to resource shortages, effective February 1, 2024 we are revising the drop/off and pick up times for documents presented for Authentication as follows:
If you do not have an appointment the turn-around time is 30-45 business days.
If you have an appointment, turn around is as follows:
Up to 20 documents – 24 hours
20-35 documents – 74 hours
36+ documents – up to 21 days
There is no change for Funeral Home requests for authentication.
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Mission

This agency's mission is to support economic growth, promote the public trust and fulfill statutory mandates by providing initial infrastructure for corporate organizations and transactions, protecting citizens and businesses from misrepresentation and fraud by providing public access to accurate and timely information, through law enforcement and through the issuance of professional credentials. The department fosters a well informed citizenry, business community and government, by promoting a responsive, transparent, competitive, and ethical business climate.

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Mailing Address

Post Office Box 29622
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0622

Physical Address

2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-2903

Telephone

919-814-5400
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