COVID-19 Announcement

Service Changes Currently in Effect

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

The Sacramento public counter is currently closed. In lieu of in-person service, apostille requests may be dropped off in the designated bin on the first floor. Once processed, the customer will be notified by phone that their request may be retrieved between 2:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the first floor lobby. Please be mindful of the following:

  • The fee of $20.00 per Apostille requested must be paid by check or money order.
  • All $6.00 special handling fees are required.
  • Requests will be processed on a first in, first out basis.
  • Drop off requests are typically processed within two to three business days.
  • Documents will be returned by mail to the address indicated on the cover sheet unless pickup is requested.

Our Los Angeles office will be closed to the public effective December 7, 2020. Staff will be on-site Monday through Friday processing documents submitted to the drop box in the main lobby of the Ronald Reagan building.

  • The fee of $20.00 per Apostille requested must be paid by check or money order.
  • All $6.00 special handling fees are waived.
  • Documents will be returned by mail to the address indicated on the cover sheet.
  • Death certificates will be given priority processing.

Apostilles for Death Certificates – Death Certificates submitted to the California Secretary of State’s office for an apostille will be processed immediately upon receipt and returned via FedEx once complete. Please forward apostille requests for death certificates submitted by mail to the following address:

Secretary of State
Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
ATTN: Vital Record

The California Secretary of State provides an Apostille to authenticate California public officials' signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America.

There are two ways to obtain an Apostille in California:

  1. By Mail - An Apostille can be requested by mail through our Sacramento office.

 

In Person - An Apostille can be requested in person at our Sacramento and Los Angeles offices.

Note: If a birth or death certificate has the signature of a Health Officer or County Registrar (e.g. Local Registrar, Registrar of Vital Records), prior to presenting to our office for authentication, one of the following will be required:

For more information, visit our Apostille Frequently Asked Questions webpage.