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:
By Mail - An Apostille can be requested by mail through our Sacramento office.
By Dropbox - An Apostille can be requested via Drop box 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 may be required:
- have that birth or death certificate certified by the county clerk’s office in the county in which it was issued; or
- obtain a certified copy of that birth or death certificate from the county recorder or State of California Department of Public Health.
For more information, visit our Apostille Frequently Asked Questions webpage.