Apostille Requirements. Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.
The Hague Apostille (or simply called endorsement, also in French: apostille: means certify, authenticate or complete.)Aims to simplify the legalization of documents to verify their authenticity, in order to be valid internationally, making unnecessary diplomatic or consular legalization or other certifications.
The object of the Apostille is to "abolish the requirement of diplomatic or consular legalization for foreign public documents". The completed Apostille certifies the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, and identifies the seal/stamp which the document bears.
The Florida Secretary of State is the only competent authority authorized to issue notarial and apostille certifications in the state of Florida. The Division of Corporations issues these certifications.