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Apostille, Authentication and Notarial Certifications

For Your Florida Apostille Service Package

Bronze Apostille Service Package

Starting at $165
10 - 14 Business Days

Above price base on a single notarized Florida document submitted to the Florida Secretary of State for Apostille. Please call for a quote for multiple documents. 

Document processing for Apostille are weekdays Monday to Friday. 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Documents received after 2:30 pm are processed the next business day.

Silver Apostille Service Package

Starting at $245
8 - 7 Business Days

Above price base on a single notarized Florida document submitted to the Florida Secretary of State for Apostille. Please call for a quote for multiple documents. 

Document processing for Apostille are weekdays Monday to Friday. 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Documents received after 2:30 pm are processed the next business day.

Gold Apostille Service Package

Starting at $345
5-7 Business Days

Above price base on a single notarized Florida document submitted to the Florida Secretary of State for Apostille. Please call for a quote for multiple documents. 

Document processing for Apostille are weekdays Monday to Friday. 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Documents received after 2:30 pm are processed the next business day.

What is an Apostille and What's the Process to Get One?

Procedure for Notarial or Apostille Certification

The Secretary of State in Tallahassee will Apostille your Florida documents. This is the only Competent Authority that can issue an Apostille. They can Apostille original notarized documents that have been correctly notarized by a Florida Notary Public. Certain documents like school transcripts from Florida public schools, birth, death and marriage certificates, will need to be obtained from specific authorities. For a more detailed description of the process visit: https://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notproc7.html

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Here is an Overview of In-depth Notary's Florida Secretary of State Process

The apostille certifies the authenticity of the issuing official or notary public's signature to be used in a foreign country. Essentially, an apostille is like a universal stamp of approval recognized by countries that are part of the 1961 Hague Convention. It's used to verify the authenticity of certain documents when they're being used abroad.

Gather the necessary Florida documents you'll need for the apostille. Each notarized document will need an apostille. Some documents you gather may already be notarized or some documents may need to be notarized. When your Florida documents are not notarized, In-depth Notary Services can assist in getting your documents notarized.

Once all the necessary notarized Florida documents for your apostille are gathered, they are ready to be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office for the apostille process. Each state has what's called a Competent Authority, which is the office responsible for issuing apostilles. The Competent Authority in Florida is the Secretary of State’s office in Tallahassee.

In-depth Notary Services then assembles the notarized Florida documents along with the state required documentation papers and the money for processing. The document package is then sent via courier service to the Secretary of State's office in Tallahassee where the notarized documents will be processed for the apostille.

After notarized documents are finalized and issued an apostille at the Secretary of State's office, the apostille document package is sent via courier service back to our office. When delivered to our office you are notified and the apostille document package is ready for pickup or you may further arrange to have them delivered to your home, office or final country destination.

Please Note: Documents originally recorded in another state will need to have the notarized documents Apostille authenticated by the Competent Authority in that state it was recorded in. Example: When a document such as a Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, or Marriage Certificate was recorded in a another state other than Florida, it must be authenticated for an apostille in the state it was originally recorded. Keep in mind that all states issue an apostille but do so according to their own state law. The time and costs usually differ from state to state which may affect costs and timeline. In-depth Notary Services can assist if this is your situation. Please contact us for further evaluation for out of state documents needing out-of-state notarizations.

Additionally, Non Hague countries NOT currently members of the Hague Convention of 1961 require certification for any document requested by these countries. Please be aware that some of the countries may need additional legislation by a Consulate or Embassy Office. Most countries that are NOT members of the convention request that State certified documents also be certified by the United States Department of State in Washington DC, before being presented to the Consulate or Embassy for legislation. Be aware, the entire process at the US Department of State may take as long as 12 weeks, so plan accordingly. 

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