Below are some of the requirements from the MARYLAND Secretary of State to Apostille documents or provide a Certificate of authority:
Vital Records: Must bear the seal and signature from department where the document was issued from.
Court Documents: certification of status, criminal records , divorce decree etc. must be certified copies bearing the seal and signature of the department where the document was issued from.
Corporate Documents: corporate documents, good-standing certificates etc… must be certified copies issued by the Maryland Secretary of State.
Educational documents: To have any of your school records, transcripts, grades, or diplomas Apostilled you will need to contact the school to get the needed documents. Often they will send them to you in a sealed envelope stating not to open the envelope. You will take the sealed envelope to a notary. The notary will open the envelope and notarize the school record.
All other documents (such as a power of attorney, affidavit, authorization letter etc…) must first be notarized by a Maryland Commissioned notary public.
Foreign Language Documents: Documents in foreign language can be Apostilled as long as the Notarial wording is in English.