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 and sent out via overnight mail the same day or next day.

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.

    How to Request an Apostille by Mail

    • Mail requests are processed by the Sacramento office only.
    • Four (4) items are required for processing an Apostille:
      1. A document signed by a California public official or an original notarized and/or certified document. A photocopy is not acceptable.
      2. A cover sheet stating the country in which the document will be used. You may use our Apostille Mail Request Cover Sheet, or write your own.
      3. A check or money order payable to Secretary of State in the amount of $20.00 per Apostille requested.
      4. A self-addressed envelope for the processed document to be returned. If you wish to use a mail tracking service, please provide pre-paid postage. If you do not provide pre-paid postage, our office will return your document via United States Postal Service regular mail.
    • Mail documents via United States Postal Service to:
      Notary Public Section
      P.O. Box 942877
      Sacramento, CA 94277–0001
    • Documents being mailed via any other service (e.g. Fedex, UPS, DHL) can be sent to our physical address:
      Notary Public Section
      1500 11th Street
      Sacramento, CA 95814
    • Documents are processed in the order they are received and are typically processed within 8-10 business days from the date received. However, during high volume periods, documents may take longer to be processed. Please refer to our Current Processing Times webpage to see the most up-to-date information.
    • Questions?
  2. In Person - An Apostille can be requested in person at our Sacramento and Los Angeles offices.

    How to Request an Apostille in Person in Sacramento

    Secretary of State (Sacramento)
    1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
    Sacramento, CA 95814

    • Apostille requests can be presented for processing between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays).
    • Requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. The wait time is typically 30-60 minutes.
    • The person presenting an Apostille request does not need to be related to any person(s) named in the document. Additionally, no person(s) named in the document needs to be present for the request.
    • The fee will be $20.00 for each Apostille requested with an additional $6.00 special handling fee. For more detailed information on fees, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
    • Payments can be made via cash, check, money order, Visa or Mastercard.
    • Questions?

    How to Request an Apostille in Person in Los Angeles

    Secretary of State (Los Angeles)
    300 South Spring Street, Room 12513
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

    • Apostille requests can be presented for processing between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays).
    • Requests are processed on a first come, first served basis. The wait time is typically 30-60 minutes.
    • The person presenting an Apostille request does not need to be related to any person(s) named in the document. Additionally, no person(s) named in the document needs to be present for the request.
    • The fee will be $20.00 for each Apostille requested with an additional $6.00 special handling fee. For more detailed information on fees, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
    • Payments can be made via check, money order, Visa or Mastercard. The Los Angeles office does not accept cash.
    • Questions?

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.