An apostille stamp is a long form certificate issued and attached by the Secretary of State that authenticated the official who has signed your document.  The State will verify the originality of the document by searching for the signature, embossment, and key security features on the document to prevent fraud.

Documents issued by the County Clerk, State Registrar, Health Department, and Superior Court, will have an official seal of a public official who is authorized to sign the document.  Court certified documents will have an original signature signed by the Deputy Clerk of the Court.  A notarized document should contain the seal, signature, and notarial wording.