An Apostille is a form of authentication issued by the Secretary of State that verifies the authenticity of the signatures on a document. A document that has been certified with an Apostille Seal is accepted for legal use in all nations that have signed the 1961 Hague Convention.
Nova Southeastern University is not authorized to grant an Apostille Seal. That authentication is obtained only through the Florida Secretary of State Office. NSU can, however, assist by providing notarized copies of transcripts and/or diplomas for students seeking an Apostille Seal.
We will notarize the document(s) at no charge and return it to you. A transcript should be processed within five working/business days; please allow two-week’s time for replacement diploma processing.
Once you have received your document(s), mail it (a transcript must remain in its original sealed envelope) along with a check (drawn on a U.S. bank) or money order in the amount of $10.00 per document and made payable to the Department of State to:
Using U.S. Postal Service -
Department of State
Using courier service (e.g., FedEx, UPS, etc.) -
Division of Corporations
Include a cover letter that states:
“I am requesting the Apostille for this (transcript or diploma) for the country of ___________ (e.g., Panama).”
Also enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope for returning the document(s) to you. When using oversized envelopes, please insure the proper postage is affixed.
The processing time by the Secretary of State varies and requests are completed in the date order they are received. Allow at least five (5) working/business days (Monday through Friday) for processing. Walk-in requests are completed while you wait and there is no appointment necessary.
For more information on certification by the Florida Secretary of State in Tallahassee, visit http://notaries.dos.state.fl.us/notproc7.htm.