Los Angeles Apostille FAQsWhat is an Apostille?
An Apostille is a type of certificate issued by the California Secretary of State. It is attached to the documents requiring certification. An apostille certifies that the document is legitimate and authentic. This enables it to be accepted for official purposes in other countries that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention.
The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, the Apostille Convention, or the Apostille Treaty is an international treaty drafted by the Hague Conference on Private International Law. It specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states. Such a certification is called an apostille (French: a marginal note). It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law, and normally supplements a local notarisation of the document.How do I get California apostilles for my documents?
To get started, please contact us at (323) 632-5020 to speak to one of our experienced professionals. We offer same day service that includes document pick-up, processing at the Secretary of State's Office, and return of the certified documents. We will review your documents and ensure they are properly certified by the California Secretary of State.Can I get apostilles from other states for my documents?
We offer processing of Apostilles for all 50 states. Non-California apostilles are handled via Fedex/UPS and may require up to 20 days to process, including shipping.Can I mail or email my documents for processing?
We can receive and return documents via Fedex/UPS if you do not require same-day service, or if you are not located in the metro Los Angeles area. Shipping fees are additional. Documents can be scanned and emailed as well. Personalized quotes available upon request. Please view our Fees page for more information.Once I have my apostille, can I verify it?
Yes, you can visit http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/notary/apostille-search/ and search for your apostille.What kinds of documents can I get an apostille for?
Types of documents commonly requiring apostilles:
- Marriage Licences/Certificates
- Divorce Decrees/Agreements
- Birth Certificates
- Death Certificates
- Power of Attorney
- Educational Transcripts
- Permission to Travel documents
- Articles of Incorporation
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