What is a Florida Apostille?

Understanding the Florida Apostille

A Florida apostille is an official notarization of a business document from the Florida Department of State. It acknowledges that the Department of State has authorized the document in question.

A corporation or LLC may need an apostille to demonstrate to an official agency or foreign government that the business is registered and in good standing in the State of Florida.

You’ll find the most important details about the Florida apostille discussed in the sections below.

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How to Get an Apostille in Florida

To obtain a Florida apostille, you must submit a cover letter requesting the apostille to the Department of State. The cover letter must include the name of the country that is requesting the apostille.

You must include a check or money order with the appropriate fee. The Department of State charges $10 per notarized document for an apostille certification.

Send the request, with fee, to:

Department of State
Division of Corporations
Apostille Certification
PO Box 6800
Tallahassee, FL 32314-6800

Requests are generally processed within five business days after the request has been received.

Florida Apostille FAQs

What is Listed on an Apostille?

An apostille is a certified copy of your Articles of Organization or Articles of Incorporation, or other business documents processed by the Department of State. Thus, a Florida apostille will have the basic information concerning your business: your company name, your Florida registered agent, etc.

Can I Pay with a Credit Card or Cash?

No. For apostilles, the Department of State only accepts checks or money orders.

What If I Don’t Include a Country Name?

The request will be rejected. Every country has its own requirements for apostilles. The Department of State needs to know which country is requesting an apostille in order to provide the proper notarization.

Can I Send the Request by Courier?

Yes. For in-person delivery, send to:

Division of Corporations
Clifton Building, Apostille Section
2661 Executive Center Circle
Tallahassee, FL 32301