The California Secretary of State provided document Certification for countries which are non-members of the Apostille Convention. This allows individual and companies to produce legal documentation to another country (which is not a member of the Apostille Convention) as evidence to it’s authenticity.
The following countries are non-members of the Apostille Convention and will receive a Certification from the California Secretary of State:
Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burma Myanmar, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Congo Republic, Congo Democratic, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar Burma, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE (United Arab Emirates), Uganda, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
A California Certification issued by the California Secretary of State authenticates the signature (and the capacity of who placed it) and correctness of the seal/stamp on the document. Also, the certification does not certify the contents of the document for which it was issued. Another words, the information written on the document will not be checked by the California Secretary of State.
Notice that the blue-bordered Certification is placed above the signature page and stapled twice and stamped with the California Secretary of State red seal. This red seal is used for both obtaining an Apostille and Certification.
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