Form DS-4194, Request for Authentications Service, is necessary for documents submitted by U.S. citizens and foreign nationals to the U.S. Department of State. It is the responsibility of the Authentications Office to sign and issue certificates for these documents under the Seal of the U.S. Department of State. The DS-4194 Form needs to be completed for yourself or your company, along with a DS-4194 cover letter.
Each separate request will require a new cover letter and failure to do so will result in rejection of your case and having your documents returned to you. All documents will be mailed back to a single location so accuracy is key.
This document was last updated on February 1, 2012. A fillable DS-4194 PDF is available for download below.