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.

Apostille Process – The Right Way

Example-of-US-State-ApostillesDocuments issued from the State of California require to be Apostilled from the California Secretary of State.  Also, documents notarized within the State of California need to be Apostilled from the California Secretary of State.  There are no exceptions to the rule!!!

For example, if a Hague Apostille Country is requesting an Apostille on your California Birth Certificate, you can only obtain the Apostille from the California Secretary of State’s office.  Some online websites will attempt to circumvent the Apostille process by notarizing an affidavit and obtaining an Apostille from a different State ( For Example: New York).  They will ask you to scan or upload a copy of your original document and they will complete an affidavit with a New York Apostille on a California Document.

In order to prevent rejection of your documents or having your documents invalidated in the future by the receiving country, it’s important to complete your documents correctly the first time.

Unlike some of our competitors who trick clients into believing their acts are legitimate, we believe that the best policy is to be honest and complete your documents correctly with the State that issued the documents or the State the documents where notarized in.

California Documents = California Apostille

New York Documents = New York Apostille

Colorado Documents = Colorado Apostille

Federal Documents = U.S. Department of State Apostille

Florida Documents = Florida Apostille

There are no exceptions to the rule!!!

Attempting to attach a New York Apostille on a copy of a California Birth Certificate is unethical.  If your documents are ever questions in the future, you risk everything; Your job, marriage, citizenship / dual-citizenship, retirement, properties, money, prison time, etc…  Don’t let this happen to you!!!

We provide Apostille service from all 50 United States and the Federal Government for countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California 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.