One of the most common documents rejected by the State of California is the California Birth Certificate. In order for the State to California to apostille this document, it must be authenticated by the County Clerk before it’s presented to the State of California.
Let me explain…
The State of California has 58 different County Clerk offices and each County Clerk issues birth certificates from the Health Services Department and from the County Clerk’s office. For example, if you were born in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Clerk can issue a birth certificate from the Los Angeles Health Services Department and the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office. The problem is, the State of California will not recognize a birth certificate issued by the Los Angeles Health Services Department and signed by a medical doctor.
This issue affect all 58 County Clerk offices in California and not just Los Angeles or San Francisco.
If you are requesting an apostille on a California birth certificate issued by the Health Services Department, this document will require County Clerk authentication before the State of California will attach the apostille. You can either take your document to the County Clerk and have it authenticated or you can mail in your document to our office and we can authenticate it for you.
Before mailing in your document to our office, we request that you contact us so we can review your document. We will need to know the County that issued your document and if it’s issued by the Health Services Department of the County Clerk’s office.
The easiest way to determine if a medical doctor has signed your document is to look for the initials “M.D.” after the signature on the lower portion of the birth certificate. If the document is not signed by a medical doctor or issued from the Health Services Department, then your document will only require the State apostille.
Over the years, we have been contacted thousands of times by individuals who waited weeks for the State to return their documents and only to find out that their document did not qualify for the apostille.
We have offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco to expedite the processing of your documents.
Processing time: Same-day and returned the next business morning by FedEx.
Processing time: The day after we receive your documents and returned the next business morning by FedEx.
Apostilles 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.
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