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Authentication of the USDA Certificate


may be required by the country to which you will be traveling. Check with the embassy or with the pre-arrival cable available in the OBC country briefing box. If required, go to the:

Department of State's Office of Authentications
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: 202-485-8000 or 1-800-333-4636 and then press 5
Fax: (202) 663-3636

The office is open on a walk-in basis from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Recommended times to visit are 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. The authentication fee is $8 per document, and the average waiting time is one hour. The check should be made payable to U.S. Department of State.

Customers seeking urgent same day services must schedule an appointment with an Authentications Specialist and meet the following criteria: the documents submitted for authentication are the customer’s personal documents and do not belong to a third party or the customer is scheduled for international travel and can show proof of international travel within 24-48 hours.


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