Document Authentication California

If your documents have been issued or notarized by the State of California, you’ll need to obtain an authentication from the California Secretary of State before you can send your documents to another country.

The country of destination determines if your document will receive a California Apostille or California Certification.

Below is an example of a California Certification and a California Apostille.  Both of these documents have been authenticated by the California Secretary of State.

California Certification     California Apostille

The difference between these documents is the California Certification (document on the left) is used for countries who are NOT members of the Hague Apostille Convention while the California Apostille (document on the right) is.

You can learn more about a California Apostille by clicking this link: http://www.apostille.la/2012/09/02/example-of-a-california-apostille/

The Secretary of State will authenticate the signature of the official who signed the document including the signature of the notary public.

We can only process documents issued from the State of California. These documents include: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree signed by the Superior Court, and more.

It’s important to send us your original certified documents and not copies. Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates need to be certified originals signed by the County Clerk Registrar Recorder’s Office.. Any document related to a divorce needs to be stamped by the California Superior Court. If you are unsure if your documents are an original, give us a call. Copies are not acceptable.

We can also obtain a California Apostille for documents notarized by a California notary only. These documents include: Copy of Driver License, Copy of Passport, Affidavit, Power of Attorney, School Transcripts, and School Diploma.

Before mailing in your documents to our office, it’s important that you contact us. You maybe required to scan and email us a copy of your documents for verification as some documents may not qualify for an Apostille or it’s possible the documents have not been notarized correctly.

Click to download our California Apostille order form. Our Apostille service is fast, convenient, and saves you time and money.

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