Below are some of the requirements from ALABAMA Secretary of State to Apostille documents or issue a Certificate of Authentication:
Vital Records: All birth certificates and death certificates requiring an Apostille must bear the signature of the current Alabama State Registrar. A notary public may not certify a photocopy of a document that is a vital record or a public record.
All other documents (such as a power of attorney, affidavit, authorization letter etc…) must first be notarized by an ALABAMA notary public, or must bear the seal and signature of an ALABAMA elected official.
Foreign Language Documents: Documents in foreign language can be Apostilled as long as the Notarial wording is in English.