Apostille a Power of Attorney POA

If you need to conduct business or handle personal affairs in another county, you will be required to apostille a Power of Attorney (POA).  A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone you choose the power to act in your place.

A power of attorney must be notarized before you mail-in your document to our office.  We recommend that you have your power of attorney created by an attorney or specialist from the country requesting your documents in order to avoid any errors or delays.  Most Secretary of State offices will accept documents in a foreign language as long as the documents have been notarized properly.  In the State of California, your document can be in any language as long as the notarial wording is in English and the document has been notarized correctly.

Once the documents has been prepared, the next step is to meet with a local notary.  The notary must follow the correct notarial guidelines in their State because the documents will be authenticated by the Secretary of State.  The correct notarial wording must be either printed on the document or attached to the signed page in English.  It’s important to work with a professional notary who has at least several years of experience in order to avoid any delays.

In California, the notary will either attach the California acknowledgement or California jurat statement.  A California acknowledgment is a document which acknowledges your signature on the document.  A California jurat is an acknowledgment of a sworn statement.  Be sure to work with a professional notary in order to avoid your document from being rejected by the California Secretary of State.

If your State also requires an English translation, you will need to hire a certified translator to translate the document into English and have the translators signature notarized by a notary from the same State.  If the translator is in another state, you must sign the translation and have it notarized in your state.  You can find a certified translator by visiting the American Translator’s Association website.  In California, your document can be in any language.

Nonetheless, all documents we receive are verified prior to being hand-delivered to the Secretary of State’s office.  If we encounter any problems, we will contact you ASAP and provide you step-by-step directions on how to fix the problem.

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!

In California, we have two offices to serve you:

Our Los Angeles Mailing Address:
International Apostille Services, Inc.
Attn: Richard M. Johnston
2600 W. Olive Ave. Suite 500
Burbank, CA 91505
1-310-876-8489 or 1-888-810-4054

Processing time: Same-day and returned the next business morning by FedEx.

International Apostille Services, Inc. San FranciscoOur San Francisco Mailing Address:
International Apostille Services, Inc.
Attn: Richard M. Johnston
1 Sansome Street #3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
1-415-871-0759 or 1-888-810-4054


Processing time: 2-3 business days and returned the next business morning by FedEx. For faster service (same-day), please mail-in your documents to our Los Angeles office.

We have additional Offices in: Texas, New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C.

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