Authentications (Apostilles & Notarial Certifications)
- 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
- Complete the Department of State’s Apostille and Notarial Certificate Request Form.
- 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.
- 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.
- $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.)
- 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
- State of Florida Agency or Official Documents
- State of Florida Birth and Death Certificates
- State of Florida Circuit Court Documents
- State of Florida Clerk of the County Documents
- State of Florida Marriage and Divorce Certificates
- State of Florida School Transcripts
- State of Florida Vehicle Titles
- Documents Notarized by a Florida Notary Public
- Florida Criminal Background Checks (Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies)
- Florida Secretary of State Certified Copies and Certificates of Status
What if my document isn’t listed?
- Federal Documents: Submit your request to the U.S. Department of State.
- Document Issued in another state: Submit your document to the Competent Authority for that state.
- Document Signed by the Notary Public in another state: Submit your document to the Competent Authority for that state.
Helpful resources about the Florida Notaries Public.