Some documents require an apostille seal or notarial certification in order to be recognized in foreign countries. After we notarize your document/s we will send them to the Department of State for the appropriate certification.
The Secretary of State will Apostille or recognize the commission of a Florida notary or a Florida elected official for the following documents:
- Original notarized documents that have been correctly notarized in English, or have been certified as true copies by a Florida Notary Public. ** Please refer to Chapter 117, Florida Statutes, for questions regarding documents that may or may not be notarized.
- 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 and notarized by an individual.
- Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates bearing the signature of the State Registrar, who is currently Ken Jones, obtained from the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville Florida. For their contact information, fees and procedures, or to determine whether your document is an original, you will need to visit the Bureau of Vital Statistics website at: www.doh.state.fl.us/planning_eval/vital_statistics/birth_death.htm
- ****Please note that records obtained from local health departments are NOT ACCEPTABLE****
- Vehicle Titles certified by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. For their phone number and fee information, please go to the following website: www.hsmv.state.fl.us
- Original certified copies of documents filed with the Division of Corporations or original Certificates of Status bearing the signature of the Secretary of State.
- 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 and seal of the Clerk.
- Documents must be submitted with original signatures; a photocopy of an original cannot be authenticated.<
- The Florida 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.