California Apostille

The Golden State

Issuing Authority

Secretary of State

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  1. Bullet Sacramento

  2. Bullet Fresno (walk-in)

  3. Bullet Los Angeles (walk-in)

  4. Bullet San Diego (walk-in)

  5. Bullet San Francisco (walk-in)


  1. Bullet$20 per apostille

  2. Bullet$6 additional handling fee for over the counter service

Payments can be maid by:

  1. -check

  2. -money order

  3. -cash (in Sacramento office only, not by mail)

  4. -credit card (VISA or MasterCard, not by mail)

Checks or money orders must be made payable to the California Secretary of State

Turnaround time

  1. Bulletunspecified
    for mail -in service

  2. Bulletover the counter
    for walk-in requests


Sample images: 1 - California Apostille; 2 - California Birth Certificate

California counties:

Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Los Angeles, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modos, Mono, Monrerey, Napa, Nevada, Orange, Placer, Plumas, Riverside, Sacramento, San Benito, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanisiaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, Yuba

Examples of documents which can be apostilled in the State of California:

  1. BulletBirth Certificates

  2. BulletMarriage Licenses

  3. BulletCertificates of Non-Marital Status

  4. BulletPowers of Attorney

  5. BulletSchool records such as diplomas, transcripts,etc.

  6. BulletReferences and Job Certification

  7. BulletTrademarks

  8. BulletBylaws

  9. BulletCorporate documents such as articles, mergers, amendments, etc.

  10. BulletDistributorship Agreements

  11. BulletDeeds of Assignment

  12. BulletNotaries

Acceptable document certifiers:

  1. BulletNotary Publics (county certification is required for notarized documents submitted in person at one of State’s four regional offices in Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco)

  2. BulletCounty Clerks or Recorders

  3. BulletExecutive Officers

  4. BulletCourt Administrators

  5. BulletJudges of the Superior Court

  6. BulletExecutive Clerks

  7. BulletNotaries Public

  8. BulletOfficers whose authority is not limited to any particular county

  9. BulletState Officials

School records such as college transcripts from the high school, university, etc. must be notarized prior to getting submitted for apostille service.

Document certified by a county official (e.g. county clerk) should have a certification date within the last FIVE YEARS or a new certified copy should be obtained from the appropriate county official.

Last update: 9/14/2008

The Secretary of State’s four regional offices (Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco) can apostille a document notarized by a California notary public ONLY after certification by the county clerk/recorder in the county where the notary public is commissioned.

The Secretary of State's Sacramento office can authenticate a California notary public signature on a document without the notary public's signature being certified at the county level.

All information on this page is derived from official sources.

Documents executed by County Health Officers and County Local Registrars can be apistilled ONLY if they are first certified by the county clerk/recorder.

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