Procedure for Document Authentication
DOCUMENTS WHICH MAY BE CERTIFIED:
The Secretary of State will Certify or Apostille the following documents:
**NOTE: Documents must be submitted with original signatures; copies cannot be certified.
The fee for certification by the Secretary of State is $10 per notarization. However, a county certified document, which also requires an Apostille (example, Marriage License) requires an additional $10 fee for a total of $20 per document. We accept either checks (drawn on a U.S. Bank) or money orders made payable to the Department of State.
The processing time varies dependent upon the volume of work received and the resources available. We advise you to allow at least five (5) working days for processing. Requests are completed in the date order they are received. We do not offer expedited services.
Please follow these procedures carefully to enable our staff to process your request without delay.
NOTARIAL CERTIFICATES AND APOSTILLES
program aimed at helping Florida citizens and businesses conduct international
transactions is provided for your convenience. Foreign governments
require that public documents originating from another country be
accompanied by a notarial certificate or an apostille. These documents
are issued exclusively by the Department of State. Both the notarial
certificate and the apostille can be acquired at the Department of
State's regional licensing offices. The regional offices will be available
for walk-in customers only. Walk-in and mail service is still provided
from the Florida Department of State's office in Tallahassee. The
locations and telephone numbers of the regional offices are:
401 N.W. Second Avenue, Suite 720-N
Miami, Florida 33128
1313 Tampa Street, Suite 712
Tampa, Florida 33602
Palm Beach Regional Office
The Forum, Tower A, Suite 100
1675 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
Taylor Building, Suite #107
1965 Beachway Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32207
400 West Robinson Street, Room 110
Orlando, Florida 32801
Walton Regional Office
212 Eglin Parkway, SE, Suite "A"
Fort Walton Beach, Florida 32548
1991 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236