Certificate of Origin/Notary Public
The Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance office houses a representative who serves as an appointed public officer serving the Commonwealth of Virginia. As a certified Notary Public, this representative is commissioned to perform notarial services and has the responsibility of signing documents that require a Notary signature.
This service is available during regular Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance office hours. We encourage you to call ahead of your visit to confirm that the Notary Public is in the office and available. There is no charge for a Notary signature for Alliance members. The fee for a Notary signature for prospective members is $5.00 for each transaction.
Certificate of Origin
A Certificate of Origin (CO) is an important international trade document attesting that goods in a particular export shipment have been wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. It is also a declaration by the exporter. Virtually every country in the world considers the origin of imported goods when determining what duty will be assessed on the goods or, in some cases, whether the goods may be legally imported at all. The 1923 Geneva Convention named Chambers of Commerce the official body to issue, sign and stamp Certificates of Origin worldwide.
- Alliance members can get certificate of origin services completed at no charge.
- Cost for doing certificate of origin for non-members is $35 each.
- In-Person Certification:
- In some cases 24 hours is required to sign and stamp your certificate of origin request. Please contact the Alliance office at 434.845.5966 to schedule your appointment Monday through Fridays from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
If your company needs assistance or information they can contact:
International Trade Manager
VEDP International Trade – Regional Office
Regional Office serving Central & Southside Virginia
220 Roanoke Blvd.
Salem, VA 24513
Tel: (540) 772-3905
U.S. Department of Commerce
Virginia Department Information Center
(800) 553-3170 or (804) 371-8213
If a business has a freight forwarded they should be able to get help by calling UNZ & Co. (800) 631-3098