Who issues Apostilles and Authentications?

The Tennessee Department of State, Business Services Division, issues an Apostille or an Authentication under the authority of the Tennessee Secretary of State with respect to documents executed, issued or certified by Tennessee County Clerks, the Tennessee State Registrar, and the Tennessee Secretary of State.

If a document needs an Authentication, the United States Department of State must also certify the Tennessee Secretary of State’s signature on the Authentication.  This step is not necessary for an Apostille.