Apostille California

Need an Apostille in California?

We are experts in providing California State Authentication of documents sent to countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.  The destination country determines if your document will receive an Apostille or Certification.

What is a California Apostille?

An Apostille or certification basically authenticates the signature of the official who signed the document.  The California Secretary of State provides authentication of public official signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America.

For example, India is a member of the Apostille convention. If presented with a document that requires authentication by the California Secretary of State, then an Apostille will be attached. China is not a member of the Apostille convention and thus will only be issued a Certification. You can view a list of member countries by visiting this link: Apostille Member Countries.

The Apostille, which contains a stamped red seal, is attached to your original signed document to verify it is legitimate and authentic so that it will be accepted in the other country.

Here is an example of a California Apostille:

Sample California ApostilleThe Apostille Convention requires that all Apostille’s be numbered consecutively, with individual numbers applied to each Apostille issued. The recognized standard Apostille contains a seal and 10 mandatory references: name of country from which the document emanates, name of person signing the document, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted, in the case of unsigned documents, the name of the authority that has affixed the seal or stamp, place of certification date of certification, the authority issuing the certificate, number of certificate, seal or stamp of authority issuing certificate and signature of authority issuing certificate.



Here is an example of a California Certification:

The California Certification actually looks more official than the Apostille. For example, the document has blue borders and a gold seal of the state of California. The red Secretary of State seal is present and is generally stamped on the right hand side.

For documents sent to countries who are not members of the Apostille convention, a California Certification will be used.







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