Apostille Florida

What’s the best way to legally obtain an apostille in Florida? It all comes down to who you are and where you live. For example, if you live in Florida, applying for an apostille in this state will be quite easy. If you are a non-U.S. citizen and want a legal document from your home country, however, things will be more complicated.

How to get document Apostilled in Florida?

1) You can send your document directly to the Florida Department of State

2415 N. Monroe Street, Suite 810 Tallahassee, FL 32303.

2) You can send your document to Florida Apostille Service Provider – Foreign Documents Express, but first please send your document for free evaluation. Their Florida apostille expert will review it and give you practical advice on whether your document can be apostilled in Florida and how quickly it can be done.

Which documents can be Apostilled in Florida

  • birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates
  • police records
  • medical records
  • single status and non-impediment to marriage letters and affidavits
  • diplomas, transcripts and school records
  • employment and personal bank letters
  • personal powers-of-attorney
  • other notarized copies of personal documents
  • articles of incorporation and organization
  • articles of amendment
  • articles of merger and dissolution
  • corporate bylaws
  • operating agreements
  • certificates of status
  • certificates of incumbency
  • resolutions and minutes
  • business bank letters
  • corporate powers-of-attorney
  • other notarized copies of business documents
  • U.S. Residency certificates (IRS Form 6166)
  • court judgements
  • etc.

  Can my Vital Record be Apostilled in Florida?

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates bearing the signature of the State Registrar, who is currently Ken Jones (as well as signatures of predecessors Meade Grigg, Edward Williams, Charles Mahan, Oliver Board), obtained from the Florida Bureau of Vital Statistics in Jacksonville Florida can be Apostilled in Florida Department of State. 

Which documents are not eligible for Apostille Florida?

  • issued by local Health Departments 
  • signed by Deputies State Registrar

Can Florida Apostille be verified online?

Currently, no. But the Florida Department of State can verify the Apostille’s authenticity. You can send a copy of the certificate along with a written request to Apostille/Certification Section of the Florida Department of State.

Case study. 

John was born in Texas, then he moved with his parents to New York and there he married a girl from Spain, Lucia. Then they decided to move to live in Spain. To obtain Spanish citizenship, Ivan needs to provide apostilled documents:

– Texas birth certificate

– New York marriage certificate

– FBI background check

So, where does he need to get apostilles for these documents? Everything in one place? Is everyone in a different place?

Apostilles must be obtained at the place of issue, first you need to answer the question, is the document issued at the federal or state level?

If the document is issued at the federal level, then the apostille for it must be obtained from the US Department of State, if at the state level, then from the Department of a particular state. John has only one federal document – an FBI background check. The rest are state-issued documents.

So, John’s correct steps will be:

1) get an apostille for a Texas birth certificate from the Texas State Department

2) get an apostille for a New York marriage certificate in the New York State Department

3) and get an apostille for FBI background check at the US Department of State

Apostille Florida

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