Apostille and Translation

California ApostilleDo you need to apostille and translate your documents?

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your documents.  We can apostille and translate your documents into 25 different languages.

Our San Francisco apostille service is located in Downtown San Francisco on 1 Sansome Street.  Our Los Angeles apostille service is located in the City of Burbank and minutes away from the Downtown Los Angeles Secretary of State’s office.  Documents received at our San Francisco office are processed the day after we receive them.  Documents received at our Los Angeles office are processed the same-day with the State of California.

As the leading California Apostille Services, we can apostille your documents quickly saving you time and money.  You can either mail in your document to our office or simply drop them off if you are local.  Our offices are open Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm and our customer service representatives are available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm.  Our representatives are available to sign for your documents when they arrive.

Common documents we receive are birth certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, power of attorney documents, affidavits, corporate documents and more!

The very first step is to contact our office.  Our trained and knowledgeable staff will review your documents over the phone and will email you the instructions and order forms.  Once we receive your documents, we will process them through the State office.  We also provide FedEx 1-2 day 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.

San Diego Apostille

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San Diego Apostille

Are you in the San Diego area and need California Apostille Services?

Several years ago, the California Secretary of State closed their San Diego office located at 1350 Front Street.  This closure affected many people and businesses including companies providing the apostille service in the area.

As a result, individuals and businesses either had to make the drive all the way to the California Secretary of State’s office in Los Angeles, mail their documents to the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento, or rely an apostille service in the Los Angeles area for assistance.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting a California Apostille.  Our office is located in the Los Angeles area (Burbank) and we’re just 15 minutes away from the California Secretary of State’s office.

The real costs of getting an apostille if you decide to drive to Los Angeles:

$26 California Secretary of State fee
$10 parking fee
240 Miles
4-6 hour drive time without traffic
2-3 hour wait time at the State office
No guarantee the state will authenticate your document

It’s not worth it!  Call us at 1-888-810-4054

Why choose us:
1. Excellent customer service:
– Emails answered within an hour.
– Phone calls answered immediately.
– Missed calls returned within minutes.
– Constant communication (no guessing).
– We explain the process – no guesswork.
2. As low as $75 for each Apostille!
3. Same day Apostille Service. We handle everything.
4. Documents hand-delivered directly to the Secretary of State.
5. We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, money orders, cashier’s check, and Paypal.
6. We can ship your documents anywhere in the world. Additional shipping fees apply.
7. We’re commissioned California notaries.
8. We’ll email you the forms you’ll need. Acknowledgements, Jurats, Copy Certification, etc…
9. Documents delivered next business morning (USA). We’ll email you the FedEx/UPS tracking number by 6pm PST.
10. We can process documents with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
11. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!
12. We’re a registered Private Service Company with the California Secretary of State under Notary: Authentications (Apostilles and Certifications).

Obtaining an apostille can be complicated and time consuming. 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.

Apostille Offices

International Apostille ServicesDid you know that we have eight offices throughout the United States?  Unlike many of our competitors who work from home and only provide California Apostille Services, we have the staff, resources, and experience to apostille, certify, and legalize your documents from all 50 States and for over 180 countries.  Our offices are located in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Texas, Florida, New York, Washington, D.C., Illinois, and Colorado.  List of our apostille offices.

United States Apostille

There is no job too big or too small.  In the State of California, we can apostille your documents the same-day through our Los Angeles office and the following business day through our San Francisco office.  Most people decide to mail in their documents to save time, but feel free to stop by our offices to drop-off your documents anytime from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

Step 1: The very first step is to find out what documents require an apostille.  The country requesting this information can provide you this information.  If even you are outside of the United States, we can accommodate you if you mail in your documents to our office.

Step 2: The second step is to contact our office.  Our staff is available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions.

Step 3: Mail in your drop-off your documents for processing.  All of our eight offices have staff members ready to accept your documents 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.  Our customer service helpline is available Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm.

Once we receive your documents, we will process them with the State and return them the following business morning through FedEx.  There is no additional fee for shipping your documents by FedEx.

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document certification, legalization, and attestation services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government.

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

Apostille San Diego CA

Apostille San DiegoSeveral years ago, the California Secretary of State in San Diego decided to close their offices.

This unforeseen event left many businesses and residents in San Diego with the difficult decision to either make the several hour trip to the Los Angeles office or wait three or more weeks for the California State office in Sacramento to complete their documents.  An alternative option which guarantees fast same-day service and next business morning delivery is to mail-in the documents to our office in Los Angeles for processing.

International Apostille Services, Inc. was established to help residents and businesses in the San Diego area with quick and convenient access to the resources of the State in order to apostille documents the same-day.

Why Choose Us? We have the resources and experience necessary to complete your documents the same-day we receive them.  Common documents we receive are San Diego birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees from the San Diego Superior Court, notarized power of attorney documents, affidavits, and more.  Our office can only process original documents.  This includes original notarized documents and San Diego County issued documents.

Step 1: The very first step is to contact our office.  We have a dedicated line to help residents and businesses in San Diego.  Our number is 1-619-894-7909 or 1-888-810-4054.  Our team of experienced California Apostille Service representatives have the knowledge to understand your concerns and provide the simple steps you will need to take.  We have processed thousands of documents from the San Diego area.

Step 2: We recommend that you mail-in your documents by either FedEx, UPS, DHL, or USPS Priority mail.  Many of these shipping companies will also provide you a tracking number in case your document gets delayed on it’s way to our office.

Step 3: We will process your documents with the California Secretary of State the same-day.  Everyday, our staff visits the California Secretary of State’s office in Los Angeles to apostille and certify documents for over 100 countries.  Once your documents are complete and verified, they will be professionally packaged and dropped off at the local FedEx shipping center for next business morning delivery.  We can ship your documents anywhere in the United States and the world.  This ensures that your documents are handled professionally and without any delay.

San Diego Apostille Services

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.

Weekly Apostille Talk – Superior Court Divorce Decree

California Divorce Decree ApostilleDo you need an apostille on a California Divorce Decree?

There are many reasons why you would need to apostille a divorce decree.  If you are planning to get married, sell property, child custody requests, etc… you will be asked to obtain a California apostille on your Superior Court Divorce Decree.

In order for the State to certify your divorce decree, you will need to obtain a certified copy signed and stamped by the Deputy Clerk.  A certified divorce decree will have a color stamp on the front or on the back of the set of documents.  The county seal will typically be in blue/purple color and the document will contain a real signature and name of the Deputy Clerk.  We have seen some counties use different colors for the seal.

We recommend that when ordering a certified copy from the Superior Court, you request a manager or supervisor to sign the document.  This ensures that the Deputy Clerk’s signature will be on file with the State.  If the State cannot find the signature of the Deputy Clerk, they will contact the court for an update. This unforeseen delay can take a few days to complete.

There are currently 58 Superior Courts in California.  If you do not have a certified copy of your Divorce Decree, you will either need to contact your attorney or the Superior Court.  It’s common practice for attorney’s to mail you a copy and not a certified copy.  You can scan and email us a copy for review.  Keep in mind that only the State of California will make the final determination.

Why Choose Us?
As the leader in same-day California Apostille Services, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to authenticate your documents quickly saving you time and money.  We have seven offices in the United States including an office in San Francisco and Los Angeles.  You can download our California Apostille Services order form and mail in your documents for fast same-day processing.

Our San Francisco and Los Angeles customer support hours are Monday – Saturday from 8am to 7pm.  You can drop-off your documents at either one of our offices.  Please note that our walk-in service is from 8am to 5pm Monday-Friday.

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.

Weekly Apostille Talk – Difference Between Notary & Apostille

Apostille Frequently Asked QuestionsThe question for this week is, “What is the difference between a notary and an apostille?

Have you been asked to notarize and apostille a document?  If you plan to conduct business or handle personal affairs in another country, you will be asked to have your documents notarized with an apostille.

The most common notarized documents we receive are Power of Attorney, Affidavit, Travel Consent, Diploma, Transcripts, Copy of Driver’s License, Copy of Passport, and Business Documents.

How Does This Work? A notary authenticates your signature on the document and the State authenticates the notary’s signature and seal.  It’s basically a check and balance.  The notary verifies the signer is the signer who’s name is on the document and the State verifies the notary’s info.  The State then attaches the apostille so the other country will accept the document.  It’s that simple!

Notary and Apostille StepsThe first step is to find a local notary.  You can either travel to a local notary or a notary can come to your location (traveling notary).  It’s important that the notary follows California state notarial laws in order to avoid the rejection of your documents.  You can ask the notary to use the 2015 updated California acknowledgment form provided by the State of California to avoid any delays.  We also recommend that you find a notary who is a member of the National Notary Association.

As soon as your documents have been notarized, the next step is to mail-in your document to either our San Francisco office or our Los Angeles – Burbank office.  The processing time with our San Francisco office is two business days w/FedEx overnight shipping.  The processing time at our Los Angeles – Burbank office is the same-day.  If you are in a rush, please mail your documents to our Los Angeles – Burbank office.

Once we receive your notarized documents, we will present them to the State of California for authentication.  The State of California will verify the notary’s seal and signature and if everything checks-out, they will attach the California apostille.  California Apostille Example
Please note that only the California Secretary of State can attach the apostille.  If you have documents from another State or the U.S. Federal Government, those documents must be apostilled from the State that issued them.  United States Apostille

Once your documents have been authenticated with the California apostille, we will professionally package them up and drop them off at the FedEx shipping center for overnight delivery.  Some of our competitors ship by USPS regular mail.  We believe your documents are far too valuable to ship by regular mail.  Our relationship and volume of shipments with FedEx allows us the opportunity to ship your documents for next business morning delivery without the extra fee.

Your documents will arrive securely and a signature will be required to release your documents.  If you are unable to be home, you can either request the document to be delivered to your office or you can pick up your document at the FedEx shipping center.

From experience, we recommend that you ship your documents by FedEx, UPS, or DHL to the country requesting it.  We also provide FedEx international priority shipping at an additional fee. Thank you.

Written By:
Richard M. Johnston
Calfornia Apostille Services in San Francisco & Los Angeles
International Apostille Services, Inc.

 

Weekly Apostille Talk by Richard M. Johnston

Apostille Frequently Asked QuestionsThe question for this week is, “Do my legal documents require U.S. Department of State and/or Embassy Consulate Legalization?”

Countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention rarely require Embassy or Consulate Legalization.  The only exception to this rule is for certain documents going to India, Ecuador, Italy, and Spain.

We know from experience that a power of attorney notarized in California and destined for India will require Indian Embassy or Consulate legalization.  The same is true for a Social Security Income and Benefits Statement (SSA) for Ecuador.  Italy and Spain require certain documents to be legalized (Apostille FBI background check w/translation) to be submitted with additional paperwork to the local Consulate office.  Keep in mind that some countries have several consulate offices throughout the United States.  If you are planning to move, obtain dual citizenship, or study in Italy or Spain, you should contact the local Consulate for more information.

For all other documents destined for member countries, all you will need is the State apostille.  For U.S. Federal Government documents, your document will need an apostille from the Secretary of D.C. or the U.S. Department of State.  These documents include FBI background checks, Social Security documents, FDA, USDA, and other documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government.

For countries who are NOT members of the Hague Apostille Convention, there are additional authentication and legalization steps that must be completed before the country requesting your documents will accept them.  For example, if you are planning to work in Dubai, the country of the United Arab Emirates will request your diploma to be authenticated by the State, U.S. Department of State, and the UAE Embassy in Washington, D.C.  There are also additional requirements that must be met at the Embassy level. You may be asked to provide a copy of your passport, power of attorney letter, diploma accreditation certification, etc…

Document Attestation Certification

Some countries only require the State certification and Embassy/Consulate legalization.  For example, Brazil, Chile, Guatemala, Indonesia, etc… do not require U.S. Department of State certification. For example, for the country of Brazil, they only require the State certification and Consulate legalization.

Before mailing in your documents, please call us for a good faith estimate and processing time.  With office spanning six states and the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.) we have the experience and knowledge to process your documents quickly saving you time and money.

This weekly apostille talk has been written by:
Richard M. Johnston, President
California Apostille services in San Francisco & Los Angeles

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.

California Apostille Services in Los Angeles

California Apostille Services in Los AngelesAs the leading California Apostille Services in Los Angeles, many businesses and individuals in the area have come to rely on us to apostille their documents quickly.

The current processing time at our Los Angeles office is the same-day. For example, documents received today will be processed trough the California Secretary of State and returned the next business morning by FedEx at no additional charge.

To save time and money, many of our clients mail-in their documents to our offices. If you are in the general area, go ahead and stop-by.  Our staff is available to assist you Monday – Friday from 8am to 6pm. Our front office receptionists are available Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm.

If you decide to mail-in your documents, go ahead and print the following two forms and include with your original documents.

Los Angeles Apostille Order Form & Los Angeles Apostille Credit Card Authorization Form.

Our Los Angeles office caters to the following California Counties: Los Angeles County, Ventura County, Orange County,  San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, and more! There is no need trying to beat the traffic or taking time off work. Our receptionists will sign for your documents Monday – Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm. We recommend that you mail-in your documents by FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority mail and always keep your tracking number for reference.

Common documents we apostille are: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Decrees, Power of Attorney, Affidavits, Copy of Passport, Copy of Driver’s License, and more!

We look forward to working with you. For step-by-step directions on how to apostille your document, please visit our Apostille Guide. Thank you.

Richard M. Johnston, President
California Apostille Services in Los Angeles
International Apostille Services, Inc.

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

California Apostille Services in San Francisco

California Apostille Services in San FranciscoAs the leading California Apostille Services in San Francisco, many businesses and individuals in the area have come to rely on us to apostille their documents quickly.

The current processing time at our San Francisco office is two business days.  For example, documents received today will be completed the following business day and returned by FedEx overnight shipping at no additional cost.

To save time and money, many of our clients mail-in their documents to our offices.  If you are in the general area, go ahead and stop-by and drop-off your documents with our receptionists.  Our receptionists are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm. Be sure to download and print out order form and credit card authorization forms.

San Francisco Apostille Order Form & San Francisco Apostille Credit Card Authorization Form.

Our San Francisco office caters to businesses and individuals from around the world.  We have received documents as far as India, South Africa, Russia, China, Hong Kong, and more!  If you are outside of the country, don’t worry!  We provide FedEx priority international shipping so you will get your documents quickly.  International shipping rates apply.

If you are in the following areas: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, go ahead and mail-in or drop-off your documents. There is no need trying to beat the traffic or taking time off work.  Our receptionists will sign for your documents Monday – Friday from 8am to 5pm.  We recommend that you mail-in your documents by FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority mail and always keep your tracking number for reference.

Common documents we apostille are: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Decrees, Power of Attorney, Affidavits, Copy of Passport, Copy of Driver’s License, and more!

We look forward to working with you.  For step-by-step directions on how to apostille your document, please visit our Apostille Guide.  Thank you.

Richard M. Johnston, President
California Apostille Services in San Francisco
International Apostille Services, Inc.

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

Apostille for Ecuador

During the past year, we have expedited the document authentication process for several dozen families who have permanently moved to Ecuador.

If you are planning to move to Ecuador, you will be required to Apostille a few of your legal documents. We recommend that you first contact us so we can understand the type of documents you currently have in your possession.  Please note that the process of authenticating your documents can take 1-2 weeks to complete.  You do not have to come back to the United States if you are already in Ecuador.  We can facilitate the apostille process and FedEx/UPS the documents back to your location once complete.

We will need to know…

1. The type of documents you need authenticated.
2. The U.S. State that has issued your documents.
3. The year your documents were issued in.

Here is a list of documents you will need apostille for Ecuador:

1. Your FBI background check.
2. Your Social Security Income and Benefits Statement.
3. Your State background check.
4. Your Birth certificate
5. Your School Transcripts/Diploma (optional)

We will also need a color copy of your U.S. Passport.  The Embassy of Ecuador in Washington, D.C. will require a copy of your U.S. Passport before they will legalize your Social Security Income and Benefits Statement.  Both the FBI background check and Social Security Income and Benefits Statement will receive an apostille from the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C..  The rest of your documents will receive an apostille from the State they originated from.  Example: California birth certificate will receive a California apostille.

As mentioned earlier, the process to authenticate your documents for Ecuador can take 1-2 weeks to complete.  In certain situations, you may need to order new certified copies because the documents you have may be outdated.  In order to avoid any unexpected delays or costs, we recommend that you contact us so we can review the documents you currently have.

International Document ShippingApostilles 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.