Apostille a Notarized Document

apostille a notarized documentAt International Apostille Services, Inc. – California, we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your notarized documents.

A document notarized in California must receive an apostille from the State of California.  For example, if your document was notarized in San Francisco, your document must receive an apostille from the California State office.  An apostille verifies the signature and seal of the notary public.  The State will also very that the document contains proper notarial wording.  You cannot apostille a California notarized document in another US State.

In a handful of US States, a notarized document will also require county clerk authentication before the Secretary of State will attach the apostille.  These States are: New York, Kentucky, Hawaii, Maryland, and Tennessee.  The State of California does not require this step.

We can apostille documents notarized in any of the 50 US States including documents notarized at any US Embassy or US Consulate office destined for another country.  There are currently 110 countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Before mailing in your documents to our office, please contact make sure you have the following completed:

  1. Your documents have been notarized.
  2. The notary has places his/her seal and signature on the documents.
  3. The notary has also indicated the person who’s signature has been notarized.
  4. The notary has dated the date of the notarization.
  5. Proper notarial wording has been added by the notary per State law.
  6.  You have the correct order forms from International Apostille Services, Inc.

The first step is to contact our office. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow step-by-step instructions.  310-484-5296 (Los Angeles/Burbank office) or 415-582-4383 (San Francisco office)

Once you mail in your documents, we’ll rush them to State and Government offices. We can even legalize your documents at Embassy office in Washington, D.C. and Consulate offices located through the State of California. No job is too big or too small. We have the resources and staff to apostille your birth certificate as fast as one business day.

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.