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Special Instructions for Funeral Homes The NC Department of the Secretary of State’s Office is aware of the urgency surrounding official documents used to transport human remains to foreign countries. While the NC Secretary of State’s Office is closed to the public, funeral homes being faced with urgent transport should email using “Funeral Home – COVID-19” in the Subject Line to set up appointments and drop off documents to be authenticated. When you arrive, you will need to have with you:
1. A completed Cover Letter, found at
2. A Certified Death Certificate from NC Vital Records
3. Three notarized documents:
   a. Burial Transmittal document;
   b. Non-Contagious Disease Certification; and the
   c. Embalming Certification
4. A check or money order (no cash) for the certificate fee
SEC OF STATE BUILDINGS CLOSING TO PUBLIC On March 10, Gov. Cooper declared a State of Emergency related to the Coronavirus. As of Friday, March 20 at 4 pm the downtown Raleigh and Atlantic Avenue locations of the Secretary of State’s office are closed to the public until further notice. Given the small size of the lobby area and the heavy walk-in traffic by the public, this decision was made for the health and safety of our customers and staff. Most of our services can be conducted online at SOSNC.GOV and over the phone. We urge customers to submit their documents to us online at SOSNC.GOV and continue calling us at 919-814-5400, or you can find specific email addresss on our website. Some customers could experience minor delays. For more information on Coronavirus in NC, click here.
NC Stay At Home Order
If your business was excluded from the list considered essential, you can make that request from the NC Dept. of Revenue
Office Closure The Secretary of State's Office will be closed on Friday, April 10 in observance of Good Friday. We will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 13.


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The NC Authentication Office issues apostilles, authentications and certificates for a variety of NC documents, including: birth certificates, marriage certificates, statements of marital status, articles of incorporation, corporate bylaws, certificates of merger, powers of attorney, patent applications, trademarks, diplomas, school transcripts, deeds, and assignments of interest.

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NC Secretary of State
Authentication Office
NC Secretary of State
Post Office Box 29622
Raleigh, North Carolina 27626-0622

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NC Secretary of State
Authentication Office
NC Secretary of State
2 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601-2903
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