What does a Florida apostille look like?

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U.S. Department of State: the processing time for federal apostilles and authentication certificates (including FBI, 6166 U.S. Residency certifications, etc.) is currently 8-12 weeks. There is no expedited or walk-in service.  

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Florida apostille sealFlorida apostilles are issued by the Office of Florida Secretary of State.

You will see this seal on all Florida apostilles no matter what kind of document an apostille authenticates (including Florida birth, death, marriage, divorce certificates, court judgments, personal and corporate powers of attorney, consents, criminal records, corporate documents, including resolutions, minutes, bylaws, articles of incorporation, certificates of goodstanding, etc.)

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What does a Florida apostille look like?

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In Florida, as in all states of the United States of America, 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"   Read more about Florida apostille guidelines and tips.

How to apostille

Not sure if your document qualifies for a Florida apostille? Email a copy of your document for a free evaluation

Need to obtain a personal or a corporate document from the State of Florida? We can help! Please contact us.

Florida apostille: price, processing time, order form


FL apostille: $175 (Fedex 2nd day is included, U.S. only)
Processing time: 4-6 bus. days
FedEx International is $60 (most countries)
FedEx International to Eastern Europe and South America is $90.
Complete the Order form and enclose it with your document(s). Our mailing address is
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331 Newman Springs Rd., Bldg. 1
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Our Florida apostille guarantees

Not many companies provide this guarantee but we do: if, for some reason, your documents are rejected by the state of Florida after we assured you that they are acceptable, we will issue a 100% refund, no questions asked. We do not keep any service fees.

We apostille many kinds of documents from Florida and from all other U.S. states. The most common documents we process for FL apostilles and foreign embassies are Florida birth, marriage, death certificates, divorce records, single status affidavits, criminal records, diplomas and transcripts, corporate documents including articles of incorporation, certificates fo good standing, bylaws and llc agreements, powers of attorney, minutes, resolutions, and many more.

After we have reviewed your documents, in most cases we will ask you to mail the originals to us. Sometimes, documents can be submitted by email or will qualify for our 24-hour apostille service. Please note that 24-hour apostilles are processed in Washington, DC, and not in Florida. The price for our 24-hour apostille service is also $175.

Processing times differ depending on nature of your documents. In each case will provide the time estimate, and will do our best to meet the deadline.

Delivery by FedEx (2nd day) is included in the price. We also ship internationally. FedEx International is $60 to most countries (except for Eastern Europe and South America, which is $90).

We accept all kinds of payment, including personal and corporate checks, money orders, credit and debit cards, PayPal, bank transfers, Western Union, and MoneyGram.

Apostilles and embassy legalization procedures are not complicated if you entrust your documents to legalization experts who know the requirements of U.S. apostille agencies, foreign consulates and embassies and the requirements of the receiving organizations in foreign countries.

We process documents for ALL foreign countries. Please call us!

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