Customer Alert: Update as of September 21st, 2021

As a result of widespread transmission of COVID-19 and the direction of the California Department of Public Health and CalHR, the Secretary of State continues to make every attempt to ensure the safety of our customers and employees while continuing to offer essential services to the public. 

Our Los Angeles office located in the Ronald Reagan building is currently closed to the public. However, staff are on site daily and continue to process documents submitted to the drop box in the main lobby each day and are returning the documents by mail.

When submitting documents to the drop box, include the following with your submission:

1. Documents needing an apostille; and 
2. $20.00 per Apostille (Check or Money Order, cash is not accepted) made payable to the Secretary of State; and
3. Completed Cover Sheet (provided near the drop box), include your mailing address and the country where the
    document will be used.

Place your documents, payment, and cover sheet in one of the provided envelopes and then place the envelope in the drop box. Once your apostille request is completed your documents will be mailed back via USPS to the address provided on the cover sheet unless a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided.

Sacramento Office
Document pickup resumed for the Sacramento office on March 1, 2021. Daily pickup will continue in the Sacramento lobby from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. As a reminder, expedited services and the 72-hour rule remain suspended. Documents that are eligible for daily pickup include business entity filings, statements of information, records requests, uniform commercial code documents, and apostilles. As a result of lobby pickup resuming, we will also charge the applicable special handling fee for any documents dropped off in the Sacramento lobby.

For fastest service, we encourage you to go online when possible at bizfile.sos.ca.gov. Online submissions will have priority over drop-off and mail submissions. Please note: Substituted Service of Process Service is not available in the Los Angeles office.

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