You do not have to pay for an expedited service to obtain your apostille, you can do it by yourself.
State of California processes all documents based on "first come, first served".
California apostille certificates can only be issued in the state of California, by the office of the secretary of state of California.
We advise that you call the apostille office,
describe your document to make sure
that they are ready for apostille.
Prepare an envelope and include all the following items:
- All documents required apostille.
- The completed request form must be included with your document.
- Check or Money Order Payable to: "California Secretary of State"
(You may also pay by credit Card)
- Prepaid return envelope.
Send the package to the following address:
State of California
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, California 95814
An Apostille may be affixed to original documents issued in the State of
California and bearing an official signature and seal of a valid commissioned
notary public, current California State Registrar, probate judge, or any
document issued by one of the departments of the State of California.
Please find below a list of all the different departments of the State of
- California Bar Workers' Comp Section
Department of Consumer Affairs
Department of Corporations - Forms List
Department of Industrial Relations
Department of Insurance
Department of Industrial Relations/Self Insurance Plans
Department of Justice - Office of the Attorney General
Department of Motor Vehicles
Elections and Voter Information
Employment Development Department
Federation of Labor
Franchise Tax Board
Secretary of State
Workers' Compensation Judges
The Apostille certification only certify the capacity of the person who has signed the public document, and the authenticity of the signature.
An Apostille certification does not certify the content of the public document to which it relates.
Documents issued by a different state can not be apostilled by the State of California. They must be apostilled from the same issuing state.
Documents issued by the Federal government for individuals or companies located in California must obtain the Apostille from the U.S. Department of State.
To order an Apostille, you must include a "Submittal Form" with your request. To download the State of California form please click here.
Complete the form and attach it with your document (s).
Apostille Services for Federal Documents.
The Secretary of State of California will only issue an Apostille strictly for use in Hague Participating Countries.
All documents issued for Non-Hague Participating Countries will be certified, not apostilled.
Apostille services are not necessary within the United States or any of its territories or possessions; Therefore the Secretary of State of California will not issue an Apostille for use in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
California Secretary of State charges $20 per document. A document may have multiple pages.
Apostille service processing time is 1 business days.