All of the documents in my dossier have to be "authenticated" or "apostilled" before sending them to Ethiopia. This is because Ethiopia is Hague Convention compliant, and this is a step in the US to ensure that the US is sending authentic documents to ET.
This is a step past certified or notarized. It must take place at the state level.
So, I had to send my certified birth certificate BACK to Michigan to get it apostilled. It cost $1.
When my certified divorce decree comes in from Illinois, I will have to send it BACK to Springfield to get it authenticated. That costs $2.
All of the rest of my documents that originate in PA... such as the statements from my bank, my employer, notarized copies of my birth certificates, etc.... those I will be able to take to the Capitol in Harrisburg and have apostilled...
AT $15 PER DOCUMENT!!!!!!!!!
Seriously, does that seem wrong to you?