An apostille is a simplified certification issued by the Florida Secretary of State which can be attached to public documents that are to be used in any country that has signed the 1961 Hague Convention. With the apostille, the document is entitled to recognition in the country of intended use, and no further authentication or legalization by the embassy or consulate of the foreign country where the document is to be used is required. Apostilles are not issued by county clerks in the State of Florida, as many are led to believe. Apostilles and Certificates of Notarial Authority must be obtained from the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations, Apostille/Certification Section.
Upon receiving your documents, we do a complete review of all information, verifying all is correct and notifying you of any errors; doing this eliminates the possibility of the apostille being delayed or even rejected.
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An "apostille" is a form of authentication issued to documents for use in countries that participate in the Hague Convention of 1961. If the country of intended use does not participate in the Hague Convention , documents being sent to that country can obtain a Certificate of Authentication.
The Office of the Secretary of State provides apostille and authentication service to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals on documents that will be used overseas. Types of documents include corporate documents such as company bylaws and articles of incorporation, power of attorney, diplomas, transcripts, letters relating to degrees, marital status, references and job certifications, home studies, deeds of assignments, distributorship agreements, papers for adoption purposes, etc. The U.S. State Department provides general information about document authentications and apostilles under the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 .
In Florida, an apostille is a separate page attached to the document. It is attached by a staple in the upper left corner. As required by the Hague convention, each apostille has the title "Apostille", the reference to the Hague Convention, and the following ten items: (1) country where the apostille is being issued ("United States of America"); (2) name of the official whose signature is being certified by an apostille, in the image above it is the name of the Secretary of State Laurel Lee; (3) the position or capacity of this official ("Secretary of State"); (4) name of of the seal on the attached document ("Great Seal of the State of Florida", (5) name of the city where the apostille is being issued ("Tallahassee, Florida"); (6) the date when the apostille is being issued; (7) position of the official person who signed the apostille ("Secretary of State, State of Florida"; (8) consecutive number of the apostille (in the image above it is "2019-42755."; (9) the seal of the apostille issuing agency (the Great Seal of the State of Florida, this seal is yellow); (10) signature. There is additional language on the bottom of Florida apostilles which reads: "This document contains a true watermark. Hold up to light to see "SAFE" and "VERIFY FIRST"
Personal or Family Documents
The Secretary of State will Apostille or recognize the commission of a Florida notary or a Florida elected official for the following documents: