Apostilles play a crucial role in the world of international document verification. When individuals or businesses need their legal documents recognized in foreign countries, apostilles ensure the authenticity of these documents. In this article, we will explore what apostilles are, why they are important, and how Miami Beach Notary can assist you in obtaining this essential service.

What is an Apostille?

An apostille is a certificate issued by a designated authority to authenticate the origin of public documents. It is a simplified legalization method, ensuring records are recognized in member countries of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Why Apostilles are Important.

Apostilles are vital for various reasons. They validate documents for use abroad, simplify the legalization process, and provide assurance about the authenticity of the documents.

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Hague Apostille


The countries participating in the Apostille Convention (Hague Treaty Convention 12) are listed below, and the convention is in force with the United States of America.

Country List:a-z


    • Albania
    • Andorra
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Argentina
    • Armenia
    • Australia
    • Austria
    • Azerbaijan


* Last Revised March 9, 2023


    • Bahamas
    • Bahrain
    • Barbados
    • Belarus
    • Belgium
    • Belize
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Botswana
    • Brazil
    • Brunei Darussalam
    • Bulgaria
    • Burundi



    • Cape Verde
    • Chile
    • China, People’s Republic of
      (Hong Kong & Macao Only)
    • Colombia
    • Cook Islands
    • Costa Rica
    • Croatia
    • Cyprus
    • Czech Republic


  • Denmark
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic



  • Ecuador
  • The Savior
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana


  • Honduras
  • Hungary
    • Iceland
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Ireland
    • Israel
    • Italy


    • Japan
    • Jamaica


  • Kazakhstan
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg


  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Mexico
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Niue
  • North Macedonia, Republic of
  • Norway
  • Oman


  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation


  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland


  •  Tajikistan
    • Tonga
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Tunisia
    • Turkey
    • Ukraine
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain
      and Northern Ireland
    • Uruguay
    • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Venezuela

State and Federal Apostilles

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State Apostilles


Federal Apostilles

Documents From The State Or Signed By A Notary Public

Documents that originate in the state and are notarized by a public notary or sealed by a state official. (For Example) – Seal from a Circuit Court Judge -Divorce Documents

Documents from the Federal Government

Documents that are Apostilled by the federal government:  Federal Criminal Backgrounds Check 

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Importance of Vital Records for Apostilles

When it comes to obtaining an Apostille, the significance of vital records cannot be overstated. Vital records refer to official documents that chronicle significant life events such as births, marriages, divorces, and deaths. These documents are issued by government authorities and are crucial for various legal and administrative purposes. Here’s why they play a pivotal role in the Apostille process:

Proof of Identity and Citizenship

Vital records, such as birth certificates, serve as primary proof of identity and citizenship. When individuals need to travel or work abroad, Apostilles on these documents validate their authenticity, ensuring they are recognized internationally.


In cases of international adoption, the child’s birth certificate and adoption documents often require Apostilles. These Apostilles confirm the legality of the adoption, making it valid in both the home and adoptive countries.

Educational Pursuits:

Academic transcripts and diplomas, considered vital records, are often required with an Apostille for individuals pursuing education abroad. This ensures that their educational qualifications are recognized by institutions and employers in foreign countries.

Business and Legal Transactions:

Various vital records, such as certificates of incorporation or partnership agreements, might require Apostilles for businesses engaged in international trade or legal transactions. These Apostilles authenticate the documents, assuring foreign partners and authorities.

Inheritance and Estate Matters:

Vital records, especially death certificates, are essential in inheritance and estate matters. When dealing with international properties or assets, Apostilled death certificates validate the status of the deceased, facilitating the legal transfer of assets.

Get a copy of your Vital Records

For your Florida Apostille request, birth and death certificates issued over five years ago must be obtained from the Office of Vital Statistics.

Which documents can Be Apostilled?

Type of documents that may require Apostille .

  • Diplomas
  • Company by-laws
  • Dossiers
  • Power of attorney
  • Trademarks
  • Treaties
  • Warrants
  • Extraditions
  • Agreements
  • Certificates of good standing

Acceptable Types of Documents

  •  Documents Notarized by a Notary Public
  • State of Florida Agency or Official Documents
  • Florida Criminal Background Checks (Florida Department of Law Enforcement and local law enforcement agencies)
  • State of Florida Birth and Death Certificates 
  • State of Florida Circuit Court Documents and Many More!

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common questions

The Hague Apostille Convention is an international treaty that simplifies the process of document legalization between member countries. It eliminates the need for multiple authentications and ensures the acceptance of apostilled documents in participating nations.

According to the Division of Corporations’ website2, the current processing time is between 7 to 10 business days from the date they receive your application package. However, this may vary depending on unforeseen circumstances or delays.

We offer expedited services to you will get your document in 2-3 business days.

Not all documents are eligible for apostilles. Generally, public documents issued by recognized authorities can be apostilled. However, requirements vary by country. Miami Beach Notary can provide guidance on the eligibility of specific documents.

Yes, Miami Beach Notary offers multilingual support to assist international clients throughout the apostille process.

Miami Beach Notary distinguishes itself through its expertise, transparency, and dedication to customer satisfaction. Their efficient processes, competitive pricing, and excellent customer support make them a top choice for apostille services.

The purpose of the apostille is to simplify the process of verifying the authenticity of a public document across different countries. Before the apostille system was introduced, a document had to go through several steps of authentication by different authorities, such as the issuing office, the state government, the federal government, and the foreign embassy or consulate. This process was time-consuming, costly, and complicated.

The apostille system eliminates the need for multiple authentications by different authorities. Instead, a single apostille issued by a designated authority in the country of origin is sufficient to prove the authenticity of a document in any other country that is a member of the Hague Convention. The apostille contains information such as the name of the issuing authority, the date and place of issuance, the seal or stamp of the authority, and a unique identification number.

Yes, you can apostille a document that’s not in English. However, in most cases, the document will need to be translated into the official language of the country where the Apostille is being issued. Both the original and translated documents are usually apostilled together.

Yes, once a document has been issued an Apostille, it is considered valid permanently, provided the document itself does not expire. However, it’s always a good idea to check the specific requirements of the country where the document will be used, as regulations can change over time.

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