Birth Certificate Apostille California

California State ApostilleOne 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.

California Cities and Counties

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.

Our Los Angeles Mailing Address:
International Apostille Services, Inc.
Los Angeles Apostille Services
2600 W. Olive Ave. Suite 500
Burbank (Los Angeles), CA 91505
1-310-484-5296 ext. 1

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.
San Francisco Apostille Services
1 Sansome Street #3500
San Francisco, CA 94104
1-415-582-4383 ext.1

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.

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

Birth Certificate Apostille

Birth Certificate ApostilleHave you been told you need an apostille on a Birth Certificate?

In the State of California, a birth certificate can be apostilled if it has been issued by the County Clerk or the California State Registrar.  If the birth certificate has been issued by the County Health Services Department and signed by a Medical Doctor, the document will need further authentication by the County Clerk’s office.

We can apostille all birth certificates issued from all 58 Counties in California.  Documents issued by the County Health Services Department will require County Clerk authentication before the State will attach the apostille.

Quick Fact: In the State of California, there can be 118 different birth certificates issued.
58 County Clerks + 58 Health Services Department + 1 California State + 1 California Health Department

To keep things simple, we recommend that you mail-in your documents to either our Los Angeles office or our San Francisco office.  The processing time at our Los Angeles office is the same-day and our San Francisco office is the day after.  We also provide FedEx return shipping at no additional cost.

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.

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

Birth Certificate Apostille

Birth Death Certificate Apostille CaliforniaDo you need an apostille on your California Birth Certificate?

If you are planning to get married, travel, relocate, study, or obtain dual-citizenship, you will be asked to obtain an apostille on your California birth certificate.  Our offices in Los Angeles & San Francisco can apostille documents issued from any of the 58 Counties in California.

In California, we recommend that your birth certificate be issued within the past fifteen years and from the County Clerk’s office.  Birth certificates issued from the Health Department will need County Clerk authentication before the State will apostille the document.  For example, if you were born in San Francisco and your certificate was issued by the Health Services Department and signed by a medical doctor, the County Clerk must authenticate the doctor’s signature before the State will apostille the document.  Regardless of who has signed your documents, we have the knowledge, experience, and resources to authenticate your certificates quickly saving you time and money.

Why Choose Us? 
International Apostille Services, Inc. has two offices in California to expedite the process of authenticating your birth certificate through the State and Consulate offices.  Our main office is in Los Angeles – Burbank and our second office is in the City of San Francisco. For example, if you are planning to move to Brazil, you will need to have your birth certificate certified by the State and legalized by the Brazilian consulate.  We can complete your state certification and consulate legalization in two to three business. Please contact us for an estimate in price and processing time.

What’s the First Step?
The first step is to contact our office so we can review your document.  Birth certificates issued by the Health Services Department and signed by a Medical Doctor must first be authenticated by the County Clerk.  Our staff has the knowledge and experience to answer all of your questions.  Your documents will be submitted to the State the same-day and returned the next business morning by FedEx.

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document authentication services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government. Our in-house California notary has at least 10 years of notary experience. Call us anytime from 8am to 7pm Monday through Saturday.

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

Apostille California Birth Certificate

We specialize in FAST same-day Apostille service for Birth Certificates issued in California.

We’ll process your document the same-day it’s received.  No, we’re not kidding 🙂 Once complete, we’ll ship them out for next business morning delivery anywhere in the United States at no additional cost.  We can also ship your documents anywhere in the world.  International shipping rates apply.

You’ll need to send us a certified copy signed by the county clerk.  There are 58 different counties in California which issue birth certificates.  If you don’t have your certificate, click this link to order one online: http://www.vitalchek.com/state-of-california-vital-records.aspx .  You can also call us or fill out or Contact Us form for specific instructions.

Before sending in your California Birth Certificate for processing, it’s important that you have the correct document.  If you answer no to any of the following questions, call us before you mail in your documents.

1. Is your document blue and pink in color?
2. Does it have a blue border?
3. Is the birth certificate signed by the county clerk / registrar recorder’s office?
4. Is the birth certificate for a person born in California? (If not, don’t worry! We service all 50 States)

If you answered yes to the four questions above, your document qualifies for an apostille.  Be sure to send us the original and include our order form.

If you answered no the any of the four questions above, your document doesn’t qualify for a California Apostille.   Some reasons why your document may be rejected is:

1. You don’t have a certified original.
2. Your birth certificate is outdated. (White or yellow?)
3. Your birth certificate is signed by a medical doctor.
4. Your birth certificate is from another state or country.
5. Your birth certificate is issued by the Health Services Department.

Birth certificate signed by a medical doctor will first need to be authenticated by the county clerk prior to being sent to our office for processing.  You can learn more by visiting this link:  Birth Certificate Exemplification Authentication for California Apostille. If you or a family member is located in the county of birth, you can simply go to the local county clerk for a certified copy.  An attorney can also assist you.

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