California Apostille Process

California Apostille ProcessThere are many steps involved in authenticating California documents for other countries.

In order to provide you a good faith estimate in cost and processing time, we will need to know the type of documents you need apostilled or certified, and the country requesting your documents.  If you have documents from multiple States, be sure to let us know so we can assist you with those documents too.  We can apostille and certify documents issued from all 50 States and the U.S. Federal Government.

The processing time and cost can vary greatly from one country to another.  Countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention only require the California State apostille.  Countries who are not members require the State, the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the Embassy or Consulate office. Also, some Embassy and Consulate offices charge more for business documents than personal documents.  Our Schedule of State Fees provides the cost and processing time for each of the 50 States.  If your documents require Embassy or Consulate legalization, be sure to download our Schedule of Embassy and Consulate fees.

Before contacting our office, please have the following ready:

  1. The Type of documents you need apostilled.
  2. The country requesting your documents.

Based off of the questions above, our staff can provide you the cost, time-frame to complete your documents, and the office you will need to mail your documents too (Los Angeles Apostille office or San Francisco Apostille office).

In some situations, your documents will need to be sent to several of our offices to complete.  For example, if you have documents from California which require Qatar legalization, we will need to Certify your documents from the California Secretary of State’s office, the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and the Qatar Consulate office in Los Angeles.  Our offices will coordinate with one-another in order to complete your documents quickly.

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you.

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

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