Los Angeles Secretary of State Apostille

The Secretary of State is located in Downtown Los Angeles on Spring Street.  As an Apostille service agent, we’re available to assist you in obtaining an Apostille for your California documents.  This professional service is only available for documents of California origin (Example: Birth, Death, Marriage, Divorce, Diploma, Transcripts, Affidavit, Power of Attorney, etc…).  Also, an Apostille is only attached to document being sent to a country that is a member of the Apostille Convention.

If you’re in Los Angeles, we provide a range of services at no additional cost.  Our full service includes picking-up your documents from your location, providing complimentary notary service, and then sending your documents overnight to your address to following business morning.

The Secretary of State in Los Angeles is closed on the weekends and major holidays.  In certain situations, we’re able to drop off your documents the same day.

If you reside outside of Los Angeles, you can send us your documents by UPS, FedEx or Priority Mail.  Please do not send us your original documents by regular mail.  The best method to protect your originals is to get a tracking number and a direct signature required before the document carrier will leave the document at our office.

Download our California Apostille order form here.

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.

California Apostille, Certification, and Authentication

There are many ways to obtain authentication for your documents in California.  If you need your document authenticated by the California Secretary of State, the country of destination determines whether the authentication is an Apostille or a Certification.

A California Apostille is attached to a document whose country is a member of the Apostille Convention.  If the country is not a member of the Apostille Convention, then the California Secretary of State will attach a Certification.

Here is an example of a California Certification and a California Apostille:

California Certification
California Apostille

The following image below gives you an up-close look at the Office of the Secretary of State Seal.  This red seal is placed on the right side of the Apostille or Certification overlapping the original document being authenticated.  The Secretary of State will also staple the Apostille or Certification twice to ensure the document is secure.Office of the Secretary of State Seal

Another alternative some countries may request is for a notarized document to be authenticated by the California County Clerk Registrar-Recorder office.  Our office is located in Los Angeles and we are minutes away from the California Secretary of State in Los Angeles.

The most common types of documents we authenticate are (Note: Some documents require a certified copy):

  • Marriage Licenses, Divorce agreements
  • Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates
  • Single Status to Marry, No record of a Marriage
  • Criminal Record
  • Power of Attorney – General, Special, Finance, Real Estate etc.
  • Notarized copies of Passport, Affidavits, and other documents
  • Papers for Adoption purposes
  • Transcripts (School, College, University, or any other issuing agency)
  • Diploma, Degree Certificates, Graduation Records
  • Permission to Travel, Consent by Parent(s) to travel with Minor Children

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