Certificate authentication


The KRG Representation in the US is able to authenticate certifications (e.g. university diplomas, transcripts, et cetera) issued by US institutions for the following individuals:

  • Residents of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq who have studied in the US under KRG-sponsored programs and fellowships
  • Residents of the Kurdistan Region who have graduated from US educational institutions, including private students
  • Non-residents of the Kurdistan Region who graduated from US educational institutions and require authentication in order to work in the Kurdistan Region

 

Please note that the KRG-USA does not authenticate any of the following:

  • Diplomas issued by unaccredited educational institutions
  • Non-academic certifications including technical training, professional certificates, or certificates of excellence/distinction
  • Diplomas issued by of universities or colleges, where the study is entirely online, as instructed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) in Iraq

 

 Documents Required for Authentication

The KRG-USA is only able to accept certifications that have been authenticated by the United States Secretary of State in Washington, DC. For instructions on how to have your documents authenticated by the United States Secretary of State, see the section below 'Having Your Documents Authenticated by the Secretary of State'.

In order to have your documents authenticated by the KRG Representation in the US, please include the following documents with your application:

  • One (1) original diploma issued by the U.S. academic institution (i.e. your college, university)
  • One (1) copy of the original diploma that has been stamped by a notary public and authenticated by the United States Secretary of State.
  • One (1) official transcript issued by the U.S. academic institution (i.e. your college, university)
  • One (1) copy of the original transcript that has been stamped by a notary public and authenticated by the United States Secretary of State.
  • One (1) copy of your thesis or dissertation, if applicable. Please clearly indicate your name, institution, and degree.
  • One (1) completed Release of Academic Records Consent Form
  • One (1) completed Application Form for Authentication of Higher Education Certification
  • Money order payable to “Kurdistan Regional Government; Representation in the United States” in the amount of $5.00 for each document to be authenticated. We are unable to accept cash or check.
    • Students studying under a KRG-sponsored scholarship are exempt from this fee
  • One (1) photocopy of state identification showing name and date of birth (such as a passport or driver’s license)
  • One (1) prepaid envelope addressed to the address where documents will be returned
  • Mail the package to (a special degree-certificate hard envelope to prevent your degree from being bent during shipping is recommended)

Kurdistan Regional Government
Directorate of Consular Services
1532 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please allow at least 7-14 business days for processing.

 

Having Your Documents Authenticated by the Secretary of State

In order to have your documents authenticated by the United States Secretary of State in Washington, DC, you must have completed these steps the following order:

  1. Have the copies of your transcript and diploma notarized by a notary public
  2. Have the notarized transcript and diploma certified by the County Clerk in the county where the notary public is commissioned
  3. Have your documents certified with Apostille Certification by the Secretary of State of the state or commonwealth that the County Clerk is located in
  4. Present your certified documents to the United States Secretary of State in Washington, DC. You may do this in person or by mail.

 

In person:

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

 

Drop off hours - Appointments available by calling 202-485-8000

8:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Monday-Friday

 

Mailing Address:

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
CA/PPT/S/TO/AUT
1st Floor
1150 Passport Services PL
Dulles, VA 20189-1150