What is a California Apostille

What is a California Apostille?

Let’s first define what an apostille is.  An Apostille is simply the name for a specialized certificate, issued by the California Secretary of State. The Apostille, which contains a red seal, is attached to your original document.  Not every country is a member of the Apostille convention.  If the country you plan to send your documents too is not a member of the Apostille convention, then the California Secretary of State will attach a Certification.

The most common types of documents include (Note: Some documents require a certified copy):

  • Marriage Licenses, Divorce agreements, Divorce Decree
  • Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates
  • Single Status to Marry, No record of a Marriage
  • Criminal Record – Criminal Background Check
  • Local Police, Sherriff’s Department, etc…
  • Power of Attorney – General, Special, Finance, Real Estate etc.
  • Notarized copies of Passport, Affidavits, and other documents
  • Papers for Adoption purposes
  • Transcripts (High School, College, University, or any other issuing agency)
  • Diploma, Degree Certificates, Graduation Records
  • Permission to Travel, Consent by Parent(s) to travel with Minor Children

A document which bears the notaries seal and stamp will also qualify for a California Apostille.  In fact, any document which is notarized correctly can receive an Apostille.  Because we are based out of Los Angeles, we provide professional mobile notary service in addition to Apostille service.  We’ll come by to pick-up, notarize or authenticate your documents, then schedule to meet with the Secretary of State either that same day or the next business day.  Completed documents are sent by FedEx overnight and generally arrives by 10:30am to following business morning..

Obtaining an Apostille is simple if you work with a professional.  Unfortunately, some people think that it’s easy to obtain an Apostille.

Obtaining a California Apostille is time consuming, requires traveling to the California Secretary of State office, standing in line for several hours, paying parking fees, apostille fees, notary fees, and return shipping fees. Different countries have different requirements.  Some countries may reject your document if they have not been translated correctly or if the California Apostille is placed on the wrong page.  Also, not every document qualifies for a California Apostille.

California Apostilles are issued by the California Secretary of State only.  Here is an example of a California Apostille. California Apostilles are randomly numbered, attached to the original, and stamped by a California Apostille red seal.  The date and apostille number can be checked by visiting this link: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/apostille-search/

Work with a professional California Apostille service!  Death, Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Affidavits, Diploma, School Transcripts, and Power of Attorney documents are extremely important and highly sensitive information.  They should be handled by professionals only.

California Apostille

Do you need a California Apostille?  We provide professional California Apostille service to residents and business in Los Angeles and all of California.

Here’s how our service works….

If you live in Los Angeles, we can travel to your home or office to review your documents, provide any necessary notary service, then bring the documents back to you.

If you live outside of Los Angeles or if you prefer to mail us your documents, you can download our California Apostille order form.

Obtaining an Apostille in California is easy but only if you work with a professional who has years of experience.  Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money.

The cost for the first document is $195.00 and each additional document is $95.00.  If you have more than five documents which require a California Apostille, please call us for a price quote.

For documents received by 10:30 a.m., we guarantee that the documents will ship or personally be delivered to your home or office within 1-2 business days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and major holidays).  The first business day is the day after we receive your documents.

The most common type of documents include (Note: Some documents require a certified copy):

  • Marriage Licenses, Divorce agreements
  • Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates
  • Single Status to Marry, No record of a Marriage
  • Criminal Record
  • Power of Attorney – General, Special, Finance, Real Estate etc.
  • Notarized copies of Passport, Affidavits, and other documents
  • Papers for Adoption purposes
  • Transcripts (School, College, University, or any other issuing agency)
  • Diploma, Degree Certificates, Graduation Records
  • Permission to Travel, Consent by Parent(s) to travel with Minor Children

We’re here to help you obtain your California Apostille quickly.  An easy way to determine if your document qualifies for an Apostille is to actually email us a scanned copy of the document.  Please call us for our email address.  Our direct number is 1-888-857-0717.

Los Angeles Apostille and Certification

The California Secretary of State in Los Angeles provides authentication of public official signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America. The country of destination determines whether the authentication is an Apostille or Certification.

Apostilles and Certifications only certify to the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document, the capacity in which that official acted, and when appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille or Certification does not validate the contents of the document.

The California Secretary of State in Los Angeles authenticates signatures only on documents issued in the State of California signed by a Los Angeles notary public or the following public officials and their deputies:

  • County Clerks or Recorders
  • Court Administrators of the Superior Court
  • Executive Clerks of the Superior Court
  • Officers whose authority is not limited to any particular county
  • Executive Officers of the Superior Court
  • Judges of the Superior Court
  • Notaries Public
  • State Officials

We service all of California but our office is located in Los Angeles.

If you’re located in Los Angeles, we can schedule to meet you at your home or office to notarize any documents which requires notarization.  We’ll then schedule to meet with the Secretary of State in Los Angeles that same day or the following business day.  We provide a quick turn-around time.

If you’re located to far for our Apostille service agent to drive too, you can mail us your documents.  Please call us for our mailing address.