Customer Alert: Update as of December 28, 2022

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.

Sacramento Office:
Document pickup resumed for the Sacramento office on March 1, 2021. Documents may be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m in the designated drop boxes located in the first floor lobby. Customers will be notified when their documents are ready for pickup. Daily pickup will continue in the Sacramento lobby from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Drop off requests are typically processed within two to three business days. As a result of lobby pickup resuming, all documents dropped off in the Sacramento lobby will require the $6.00 special handling fee. Service via mail in Sacramento will continue as normal.

Los Angeles:
Document pickup will begin for the Los Angeles office on January 3, 2023. Documents may be dropped off Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m in the designated drop boxes located on the 12th floor. Customers will be notified when their documents are ready for pickup in the Los Angeles office from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Drop off requests are typically processed within two to three business days. The Los Angeles office will require a $6.00 special handling fee for all drop off requests. Service via mail in Los Angeles will continue as normal.

Notary Public & Apostille

The Secretary of State is responsible for overseeing notary commissions within the State, as well as authenticating the signatures of California public officials and notaries public. The Secretary of State grants four-year notary public commissions to qualified persons, approves notary public education courses, authorizes notary seal manufacturers, investigates violations of notary public law and takes disciplinary action, and issues apostilles.

For current Notary and Apostille processing dates please visit the Notary Public Processing Times web page.