Los Angeles County Death / Birth Certificate Authentication for California Apostille

The information in this article is for people who need to have their death or birth certificate exemplificated (authenticated) by the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder / County Clerk’s office in Norwalk prior to obtaining a California Apostille.  If you do not need a California Apostille, please contact the Los Angeles County clerk for more information.

If your document is signed by a health office, Example: Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, and you need a California Apostille, you will first need to have your document exemplificated (authenticated) by the Los Angeles County Clerk in Norwalk before the document is eligible for a California Apostille.  The Secretary of State cannot attach an Apostille to a document signed by a health professional.

We provide California Apostille service in Los Angeles for documents signed by a health officer.  Because this process is actually a two-step process, the document must first be hand-delivered to the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder / County Clerk’s office in Norwalk.  Once the document has been verified by the Los Angeles County Clerk, it will then be stapled to the death or birth certificate with a document called the Public Official Certificate.  Here is a sample of that document:

This document is required before the California Secretary of State will attach an Apostille.  If your death or birth certificate is already signed by the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder / County Clerk’s office, then you do not need to take this extra step and can proceed to download our California Apostille order form to begin the process of sending us your document.

California has 58 different counties so if your death or birth certificate is signed by a health officer in another county, you’ll need to contact the county clerk of that county so they can sign off on that document prior to obtaining a California Apostille.

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.