How do I apostille a document in Florida?

January 18th, 2019 Comment


Our company does not Apostille documents, nor does it provide the service in handling an Apostille request.

 

For a document that is leaving the USA to a foreign country, a document may be required to be apostilled.

How does it get Apostilled?  Once your document is notarized, you would have to then send that notarized document to your State’s Office for Aposille.

Each state designates a Competent Authority who issues an apostille for a public document.  The Florida Secretary of State is the Competent Authority in Florida.  Only the Competent Authority can issue an apostille.

They will examine the document to make sure that the Notary Public who notarized the document, was an actively commissioned notary public, at the time of notarizing your document.  Once confirmed, the State Office will stamp/seal/emboss your document, and mail it back to you for your handling.


The Instructions Below Are Only Applicable to Documents that were Notarized In The State Of Florida.

How to File:

Complete the Department of State’s Apostille and Notarial Certificate Request Form.

Enclose the document to be authenticated or certified.  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.

Insert:
A self-addressed stamped envelope with the requestor’s name and address listed as both sender and recipient; OR
A pre-paid, pre-addressed air bill with requestor’s name and address listed as both sender and recipient.

Include payment.
Mail application, documentation, and payment to the Division of Corporations’ Apostille Section.

Fees
$10.00 per document; OR
$20.00 per document, for documents certified by any Clerk of the Court for any county in Florida when requesting an apostille. ($10 for Apostille; $10 for Certificate of Incumbency.)
Payment

Submit a check or money order payable to the Florida Department of State.

All checks must be issued in U.S. currency drawn from a U.S. bank.
***They do not accept cash or credit cards.

Submit form, document(s), prepaid self-addressed envelope or air bill, and payment(s) to:

Mailing Address

Division of Corporations

ATTN: Apostille Section

P.O. Box 6800

Tallahassee, FL 32314

The State Office does not offer expedited services.

Walk-in requests are only taken at their office at

2661 Executive Center Cir., Tallahassee, FL 32301.

Most requests may be completed while you wait.

Their business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm, with the exception of State holidays.