For Countries Not on the List
If the country you need is not on the list above, it is not a party to the 1961 Hague Convention, and an apostille cannot be issued. However, an alternate authenticaion document will be issued instead.
Formally named “Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents,” the Hague Convention of 1961 established a way for nations to authenticate public documents with an "apostille" without having to enact legislation. The Hague apostille was introduced to speed up and simplify the legalization and acceptance of international documents.
If the country you need is not on the list, the Florida Secretary of State cannot issue an apostille. Instead, they will issue an alternate authentication document. Documents authenticated in Florida for non-Hague countries will require the additional steps of being authenticated through the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC, and "Legalization" at that country's embassy. We can manage the entrie process for you if you wish. Please call for a quote.