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Authentications (Apostilles & Notarial Certifications)

Requests

  • The Florida Secretary of State is the only competent authority authorized to issue notarial and apostille certifications in the state of Florida.
  • The Division of Corporations issues these certifications.
  • Our office is located at 2415 N. Monroe Street, Suite 810 Tallahassee, FL 32303.

Frequently Asked Questions

Apostille and Notarial Requests – FAQ

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How to File

  1. Complete the Department of State’s Apostille and Notarial Certificate Request Form.
  2. Enclose the document to be authenticated or certified. An original certified copy or certificate of status of a public document is required. A photocopy is not acceptable. Notarized documents must contain a full notarial statement and the original notary public's signature, stamp and seal. A photocopy is not acceptable.
  3. 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.
  4. Include payment.
  5. 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.
  • We do not accept cash or credit cards.

Acceptable Types of Documents

What if my document isn’t listed?

Notaries

Helpful resources about the Florida Notaries Public.