Document Authentication California

If your documents have been issued or notarized by the State of California, you’ll need to obtain an authentication from the California Secretary of State before you can send your documents to another country.

The country of destination determines if your document will receive a California Apostille or California Certification.

Below is an example of a California Certification and a California Apostille.  Both of these documents have been authenticated by the California Secretary of State.

California Certification     California Apostille

The difference between these documents is the California Certification (document on the left) is used for countries who are NOT members of the Hague Apostille Convention while the California Apostille (document on the right) is.

You can learn more about a California Apostille by clicking this link:

The Secretary of State will authenticate the signature of the official who signed the document including the signature of the notary public.

We can only process documents issued from the State of California. These documents include: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree signed by the Superior Court, and more.

It’s important to send us your original certified documents and not copies. Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates need to be certified originals signed by the County Clerk Registrar Recorder’s Office.. Any document related to a divorce needs to be stamped by the California Superior Court. If you are unsure if your documents are an original, give us a call. Copies are not acceptable.

We can also obtain a California Apostille for documents notarized by a California notary only. These documents include: Copy of Driver License, Copy of Passport, Affidavit, Power of Attorney, School Transcripts, and School Diploma.

Before mailing in your documents to our office, it’s important that you contact us. You maybe required to scan and email us a copy of your documents for verification as some documents may not qualify for an Apostille or it’s possible the documents have not been notarized correctly.

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

Los Angeles County Clerk Authentication

Does your documents require authentication by the Los Angeles County Clerk?  We provide fast authentication and notary service to residents and businesses in Los Angeles, CA.  You can also mail in your documents for our fast same day service!

Some documents may require authentication before they can be presented to the California Secretary of State for an Apostille.  These documents include: birth, death, marriage, divorce, and more!  The sole purpose of the Los Angeles county clerk’s authentication is to verify that the person who signed your documents was an authorized individual to do so.

Though we do ask our clients to email us a scanned copy of their originals for verification, you can also check by looking at the bottom of the original documents.   If your documents are signed by the Los Angeles county clerk’s office, then your ready for an Apostille.  If not, you’ll need to contact the Los Angeles County clerk’s office for information.

If you live outside of Los Angeles County or in another state, please call us.  Some documents require authentication and if no longer live in the area, we can assist you in obtaining authentication from the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office and the Secretary of State in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Clerk’s phone number is 562-462-2177.  If you’d rather have us perform all the work including authentication by the county clerk and an apostille from the Secretary of State, please call us for a price quote.  Our phone number is 310-876-8489.

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