Apostille or certificate of authentication


Procedure for Notarial or Apostille Certification:

The Secretary of State will Apostille or recognize the commission of a Florida notary or a Florida elected official for the following documents:

School transcripts from FLORIDA public schools and universities that have had the SIGNATURE OF THE SCHOOL REGISTRAR or ISSUING OFFICIAL NOTARIZED AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE. These documents MAY NOT BE printed & notarized by an individual.

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****Please note that records obtained from local health departments are NOT ACCEPTABLE**** Original certified copies of documents filed with the Division of Corporations or original Certificates of Status bearing the signature of the Secretary of State. **Fees for corporate certification & apostille/notarial certification, when requested at the same time, will need lớn be paid separately và not all together in one check or money order. WE DO NOT ACCEPT CASH** Documents certified by a Clerk of Circuit Court from a county within Florida, such as a marriage license or a divorce document bearing the stamp và seal of the Clerk.

**NOTE: Documents must be submitted with original signatures; a photocopy of an original cannot be authenticated. The Floridomain authority Department of State cannot apostille or issue notarial certification for any document(s) that is/are issued by anyone other than a Florida notary or elected or appointed official. Federal documents must be processed by the United States Department of State.



Please note that checks or money orders, MADE PAYABLE TO: DEPARTMENT OF STATE, are the only acceptable forms of payment to lớn this office.

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The fee for a notarial or apostille certification by the Secretary of State is $10 per notarized document.

The fee for apostille certification of ORIGINAL certified copies of documents, such as a marriage license or a divorce document, obtained from the Clerk of Circuit Court are $đôi mươi per document. **You must contact the Clerk of Circuit Court lớn obtain these documents as we bởi vì not provide them**

Certified copies of ORIGINAL birth/death/marriage records obtained from THE BUREAU OF VITAL STATISTICS in Jacksonville, Florida that are signed by THE STATE REGISTRAR (the current State Registrar is Ken Jones) are $10 per document. **** Please note that records obtained from local health departments are NOT ACCEPTABLE.****


The processing time varies dependent upon the volume of work received và the resources available. We advise you to lớn allow at least five sầu (5) working/business days (Monday through Friday) for processing. Requests are completed in the date order they are received. We vị not offer expedited services.


Please follow these procedures carefully lớn enable our staff to lớn process your request without delay.

Encthua a cover letter stating the name of the country in which the documents will be used. The country name is needed in order to authenticate the document correctly, whether by Certificate of Notarial Authority or Apostille. Encthảm bại the required fee. (See "CERTIFICATION FEES" above) You may encthua thảm a self addressed, stamped envelope for return of the documents. ***If you wish the order to lớn be returned by a courier service, you must encthua thảm a pre-paid air bill with your order that is preaddressed FROM YOU and TO YOU. (No collect or cash on delivery (COD) mail or air bills can be sent from this office.) If you are using U.S. Mail, please use this address: Department of State Division of Corporations Apostille Certification P..O. Box 6800 Tallahassee, FL 32314-6800 Note:When using oversized envelopes, please insure the proper postage is affixed. All postage due envelopes are held in the post office for 4 to 6 weeks before being delivered. **Please address inquiries khổng lồ the USPS regarding documents being held for additional postage or that have sầu been lost or misdirected after leaving this office** If you are using a courier service, please use our physical address as courier service packages cannot be delivered lớn the Post Office Box. **NOTE** This is also the address where we are located, if you chose khổng lồ come in person, where you may wait for your request lớn be completed. No appointment is necessary. Division of Corporations Clifton Building, Apostille Section 2661 Executive sầu Center Circle Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: 850-245-6945