Birth certificates - U.S. Apostille Services

Certification of Birth vs. Certificate of Live Birth

The State of Florida issues two types of birth certificates: Certification of Birth (also called a "computer copy") and Certificate of Live Birth (also called a "photocopy"). For apostille (legalization) purposed both Certification of Birth and Certificate of Live Birth are eligible.

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Please note that Certification of birth is considered a short form birth certificate. A Certificate of Live Birth (photocopy) is a photocopy of the actual birth certificate, it has a lot more information and can be called a "long form" birth certificate. Please contact the receiving foreign agency or the Consulate of the country of intended use to determine what type of birth certificate may be required.

To start the process of getting an apostille for a Florida birth certificate, you must first have a certified copy. If you need several birth certificates apostilled, for each Florida apostille you will need a certified copy. Please note that, under no circumstances, can a Florida vital record (including a birth certificate) be notarized. If the Secretary of State sees any kind of notarization on your birth certificate, the document will be rejected for an apostille.


What does a Florida apostille look like?

In the State of Florida, as in all U.S. states, an apostille is a separate page attached to the document by a staple. It is signed by the Secretary of State (facsimile signature) and has the Great Seal of the State of Florida.

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price 4Florida apostille: $175

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