Los Angeles Birth Certificate Apostille in CA

Los Angeles Apostille ServiceDo you need an apostille on your Los Angeles birth certificate?

Birth certificates issued by the Los Angeles County Clerk can be apostilled through our Los Angeles office the same-day.  Keep in mind that the State of California can only apostille or certify birth certificates issued by the County Clerk.  If your birth certificate is issued by the Los Angeles Health Department, you can either order a new certified copy or mail in the document you currently have and we can authenticate it through the County before the State will apostille it.

Contrary to what you might read on other websites, as long as your birth certificate is original and has a blue border, we can process it through the Secretary of State’s office regardless of it’s age.  For example, we can apostille a Los Angeles birth certificate that’s 20 years old as long as it has the blue border.

In order to process your document the same-day, we will need to receive it at our office no later than 2:30pm.  We also provide FedEx return shipping at no additional cost.

The first step is to contact us.  Our staff is available to answer your calls Monday through Saturday from 8am to 7pm.  You are also welcome to stop by our office Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm.  Please note that we will need your documents by 2:30pm in order to process them the same-day.

The best way to verify your documents is to mail in the documents to our office.  We will present your documents the same-day to the California Secretary of Stat’s office in Los Angeles.  If the State rejects your documents, we will call and email you.

International Apostille Services, Inc. is the leader in document certification, legalization, and attestation services. We process documents from all 50 U.S. States including documents issued by the U.S. Federal Government.  Our eight offices are strategically located throughout the United States to expedite the processing of your documents.

California School Diploma Apostille

Apostille University DiplomaHave you graduated from a California school and need your Diploma and/or Transcript authenticated by the California Secretary of State (Apostille)? Over the years, we have provided apostille service to thousands of students all over the world.

We’ve written this article for students who have graduated from a University, College, or High School in California.  We can also apostille your transcript even if you attended a few classes or a semester.

Please follow the steps outlined below in order to obtain a notarized copy certification of your diploma and/or transcript.  If the steps are too complicated below, we can copy certify your documents at our office and obtain a California Apostille through the State.

International students and students seeking work in another country may be asked to provide a Diploma and/or Transcript with a California Apostille attached.  The purpose of the Apostille is to authenticate the signature of the official who signed the document.

If you attended a High School, College, or University in California, please follow the steps below:

Step one: You’ll need to contact the school and speak with someone there who handles the records for the students. Some schools call it the Registrar’s office.  You can also speak with someone in the School’s Admissions and Records Department.  If you are having difficulty finding someone at the school to help you, please Contact Us.

Step two: If the school does not have a notary on staff, you’ll need to contact a local mobile notary who will travel to the school to notarize the signature of the person responsible for your records (Example: School Registrar). A California acknowledgment will be attached to the Transcript acknowledging that the signer (school official) appeared before a notary public and signed the document.  You can find a traveling notary at http://www.notary.la

Step Three: If your Diploma also requires a California Apostille, you will need to send in your Diploma to the school or have the school order you a new one. A document called a “California Copy Certification by Document Custodian” will be attached to the original Diploma or a color copy of the Diploma. If the notary does not have this form, we can email it to you.  Be sure you are working with a professional notary who will use the correct notarial wording for the State of California.

If you are currently in California, another alternative is to make a color copy of the documents (Transcript and/or Diploma) and take the copy to a local notary who will fill out the ”California Copy Certification by Document Custodian” form and attach it to the documents.  I recommend printing a color copy of the diploma. This method is faster than working directly with the school and produces the same end results.  You can also mail the original to our office.  We have a California commissioned notary on staff to copy certify your documents.

Step Four: Once your documents have been notarized, please mail them to our office for fast same-day processing.

It’s that simple!

International Document ShippingPlease Contact Us with questions or concerns you may have.  We will process your documents the same-day we receive them.  Once complete, we will overnight the documents back to your location for next-day delivery.

 

 

 

We have Apostilled Diplomas and Transcripts from the following Universities and Colleges in California:

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Southern California (USC)
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
Stanford University
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly)
University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine)
California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
American Film Institute (AFI)
San Diego University
California State University, Long Beach (Cal State Long Beach)
San Francisco State University (SFSU)
San Jose State University (SJSU)
California State University, Northridge (CSUN)
California State University, Fullerton
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
University of California, Santa Cruz (UC Santa Cruz)
California State University, Sacramento
Pepperdine University
University of San Diego
Santa Clara University
California State University, East Bay
California State University, Chico
Chapman University
California State University, Fresno
City College of San Francisco
Cerritos College
Santa Monica College
Loyola Marymount University
University of California, Riverside
California State University, San Bernardino
El Camino College
Mt. San Antonio College
Pasadena City College
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
California State University, San Marcos (CSSM)
Humboldt State University
Sonoma State University
Orange Coast College
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)
Saddleback College
De Anza College
University of the Pacific
Santa Rosa Junior College
Long Beach City College
California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSDH)
Los Angeles Pierce College
California State University, Fullerton

Apostille Downtown Los Angeles

The California Secretary of State has two offices in California.  One is in Sacramento and the other is in Los Angeles.  Our office is located in Los Angeles in the City of Burbank and fifteen minutes away from the Secretary of State’s office in Downtown Los Angeles.

Our close location to the Secretary of State in Downtown Los Angeles allows us the opportunity to process documents daily.  We process hundreds of documents every month through the State.  Common documents we Apostille are: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Confidential Marriage Certificates, Single Status Affidavit, Power of Attorney Documents, Affidavits, and more!

Certain documents require notarization prior to an Apostille.  It’s important that the notary uses correct California notarial wording in order to avoid any delays.  We can email you a California Acknowledgment, California Copy Certification, or a California Jurat if the local notary does not have these documents available.  Be sure to let the notary know that the documents will be processed with the California State and not to make any mistakes.

Here is why you should do business with us:

1. Excellent customer service:
– Emails answered within an hour.
– Phone calls answered immediately.
– Missed calls returned within minutes.
– Constant communication (no guessing).
– We explain the process – no guesswork.
2. As low as $75 for each Apostille!
3. Same day Apostille Service. We handle everything.
4. Documents hand-delivered directly to the Secretary of State.
5. We accept all major credit cards, debit cards, money orders, cashier’s check, and Paypal.
6. We can ship your documents anywhere in the world. Additional shipping fees apply.
7. We’re commissioned California notaries.
8. We’ll email you the forms you’ll need. Acknowledgements, Jurats, Copy Certification, etc…
9. Documents delivered next business morning (USA). We’ll email you the FedEx/UPS tracking number by 6pm PST.
10. We can process documents with the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.
11. 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed!
12. We’re a registered Private Service Company with the California Secretary of State under Notary: Authentications (Apostilles and Certifications).

Best of all… We Save you time and money!

Hollywood Apostille

We make it easy getting an Apostille in Hollywood, CA. We are experts in the California Apostille process with hundreds of international documents processed monthly. Hollywood is located in Los Angeles County and minutes away from the California Secretary of State’s office.

We specialize in fast same-day processing with the California Secretary of State’s office. For documents received by 10:30am, we guarantee your documents will be processed and completed the same day we receive them. Processed documents are then returned by FedEx/UPS next business morning delivery to your location at no additional fee. We can also ship your document to any location in the world. Additional shipping rates apply for international shipments.

We offer complimentary pick-up and notarization of your documents.  If your documents require a Hollywood notary, we can send one our notaries to provide free notarization service for documents which require an Apostille.  We also offer additional services which include authentication by the US Department of State in Washington, DC, and Embassy / Consul legalization in Los Angeles and in Washington, DC.

Apostilles can be complicated! Let us take this important, complicated, and time-consuming process off your hands.

You can spend several weeks trying to figure out how to obtain an Apostille and up to two months waiting for your documents to arrive from the California Secretary of State (If you haven’t made a mistake) OR you can hire our professional service and receive your documents back in one business day.

Example of a California Apostille and California Certification by the Secretary of State

We can process documents issued by the State of California or any of the 58 Counties in California. These documents include: Birth Certificate, Death Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree signed by the Superior Court, and more. For a full list of documents we can obtain an Apostille for, visit this link: http://www.losangelesapostille.com/documents-for-california-apostille/

It’s important to send us your original certified documents and not copies. Birth, Death, and Marriage certificates need to be certified originals signed by the Los Angeles County Clerk. Any document related to a divorce needs to be stamped by the California Superior Court in Los Angeles. If you are unsure if your documents are an original, give us a call. Copies are not acceptable.

We can also obtain a California Apostille for documents notarized by a California notary only. These documents include: Copy of Driver License, Copy of Passport, Affidavit, Power of Attorney, School Transcripts, and School Diploma.  We provide complimentary Hollywood Notary service.

Before mailing in your documents to our office, it’s important that you contact us. You maybe required to scan and email us a copy of your documents for verification as some documents may not qualify for an Apostille or it’s possible the documents have not been notarized correctly.

Birth Certificates and Death Certificates signed by the Los Angeles County Health Officer (Doctor) will first need to be authenticated by the Los Angeles county clerk before the document qualifies for an Apostille. It’s important that we review your documents over the phone for verification.

We recommend you sending in your documents by the following carriers: FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority mail service and always get a tracking number. We do provide international shipping at an additional fee. Please call us for a price quote. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-876-8489.

Apostille Divorce Decree Superior Court

California has 58 different counties and each county has a Superior Court.  For example: If you where divorced in Los Angeles, you’ll need to contact the Los Angeles Superior Court in order to obtain a certified copy of your divorce decree.  Some counties have many Superior Courts in order to help facilities those you would have trouble going to far.

A certified copy will have blue/purple seal in which the deputy clerk attests that the document is a full, true and correct copy of the original on file at the Superior Court.  You can see a sample below of this seal.  Note the color of the seal with a date, name, and signature.

apostille divorce decree superior court

When ordering your divorce decree from the Superior Court, please make sure the Deputy Clerk who signs and prints their name has been employed by the Superior Court for many years in order to avoid delays.  In some instances, the signature and name of the Deputy Clerk may not be on file with the California Secretary of State.  If this happens, there will be an additional delay of 1-3 business days.

 

California Apostille Los Angeles – Document Authentication

California Apostille Los Angeles Document AuthenticationThis week was especially busy authenticating documents through the California Secretary of State’s Office.  We processed documents for the following countries: Ecuador, India, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Egypt, Columbia, Russia, Bolivia, Chile, Spain, Rwanda, Mexico, Nevis (St Kitts), Italy, Venezuela, Kuwait, France, Estonia, Ukraine, Dominica Republic, & Argentina.

While most of the countries above are members of the Hague Apostille Convention, we did process a few countries who received a certification from the California Secretary of State.

We’re able to authenticate documents from all 58 counties in California including Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Santa Clara County.  Documents received before noon are processed the same day through the Los Angeles Secretary of State’s Office.  We’ll then overnight them to you for next business morning delivery.  We can also ship your documents anywhere in the world to help speed up the process.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

California Secretary of State Apostille

In California, the only government agency allowed to affix an Apostille on a document is the California Secretary of State.

The California Secretary of State authenticates signatures only on documents issued in the State of California signed by a notary public or the following public officials and their deputies:

  • County Clerks or Recorders
  • Court Administrators of the Superior Court
  • Executive Clerks of the Superior Court
  • Officers whose authority is not limited to any particular county
  • Executive Officers of the Superior Court
  • Judges of the Superior Court
  • State Officials

The process of obtaining an Apostille can be complex, time-consuming, and challenging.

You have two choices on how to get a California Apostille.
1. You can do it yourself.
2. You can hire a professional California Apostille Service Agent and consider it done!

Not every document qualifies for an Apostille. Common reasons why an Apostille may be rejected by the California Secretary of State in Los Angeles are:

1. Document not originated from the State of California.
2. Document not signed by the County Clerk.
3. Document signed by a Health Officer (Medical Doctor).
4. Improper notarization – missing signature, seal, proper notarial wording, errors, etc…
5. Not having an original certificate (birth, death, marriage, divorce, etc..) Certified copies are okay.  Black and white copies are not acceptable.
6. Destination county is not a member of the Apostille Convention.
7. Original document is outdated and the signature cannot be verified.
8. Deputy clerk from the California Superior Court forgets to print his/her name next to his/her signature.

You can take the guesswork out of obtaining a California Apostille because we have years of knowledge and experience processing documents directly through the California Secretary of State’s Office in Los Angeles. We’ve provided Apostille service to hundreds of clients and authenticated thousands of documents at the state and county level.  You don’t have to drive to any of the county / state offices and wait in line for hours because we can do the work for you.

We do charge a professional service fee for our Apostille service which covers the cost of our time (3-4 hours) for waiting at the Los Angeles Secretary of State’s office, traveling to the office in Downtown Los Angeles, parking fee, Apostille fee, authentication fee, and overnight shipping fee (FedEx or UPS).  We also provide complimentary pick-up and notarization of your documents if you are local (Up to three signatures notarized for each Apostille).  Notary Los Angeles

We also provide document authentication service from the Los Angeles County Clerk’s Office in Norwalk, CA.  This service is commonly referred as an “Exemplification”.  Birth Certificates and Death Certificates issued by the Los Angeles Health Department and signed by a Medical Doctor do not qualify for an Apostille.  Please call us to review your documents over the phone before you mail them in.  We do charge a service fee in addition to the Apostille fee to authenticate documents through the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office in Norwalk, CA.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

Argentina Apostille

The information in this article is for documents originating from the State of California to be used in the country of Argentina. Argentina is a member of the Apostille convention and documents sent to this country will receive an Apostille from the Secretary of State in California.

Argentina has been a member of the Hague Apostille Convention since February 18, 1988.

The most popular documents we receive are: Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Divorce Decree, Power of Attorney, Affidavits, Copy of Driver License Apostille, and more.

If your documents are from the State of California Vital Record’s office (Birth, Death, Marriage), your documents are required to be a certified original (blue/pink in color) and signed by the County Clerk Registrar Recorder’s office. If your document is signed by the health department (Ex: Medical Doctor), you’ll need to have your document authenticated (Exemplification) by the County clerk before the document is eligible for a California Apostille or you can request a Certified Copy from the County Clerk. Before mailing in your documents, please call us for verification.

Some older documents may or may not qualify for an Apostille.  It’s important to speak with us over the phone before you mail in your documents.  Black and white copies are not acceptable for an Apostille.

We have years of experience notarizing, authenticating, and certifying documents for Argentina. If you are local to us, we provide complimentary pick-up and notarization service. Documents which require a notary are generally power of attorney, affidavit, school transcripts, copy certification of a passport or driver license, and a copy certification of a school diploma.

Obtaining a California Apostille can be complicated and time consuming. The Secretary of State has only two offices in California making it difficult for most people to drive to their office. The usual wait time is 3 hours at the Los Angeles Secretary of State’s office.

We provide fast same-day apostille service in California. Documents received by 10:30am Monday through Friday will be eligible for same-day Apostille service. Once processed, your important documents will be shipped by FedEx/UPS overnight delivery to your location at no additional charge. We also provide international shipping to Argentina. Additional shipping fees apply.

Also, we do not provide translation services or create documents.  Thank you.

California Power of Attorney for Mexico

Do you need an Apostille for a California Power of Attorney for Mexico?  Mexico is a member of The Hague Apostille Convention and documents sent to Mexico will require an Apostille.

We provide complimentary pick-up and Los Angeles notary service for residents and businesses of Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, The San Fernando Valley, and surrounding areas.  If you’re to far for us to travel to, you’ll need to meet with a local notary who will notarize your documents.  A California acknowledgment will be attached to the signed page in the Power of Attorney.  We can email you this document but most notaries will have this document on-hand.

We do not create or translate documents.  From experience, if you’re selling a home in Mexico, the real estate agent or an attorney in Mexico will create the documents required in order to avoid any delays.  Other documents we Apostille for Mexico are Car titles from the DMV, Affidavits, Copy of Diploma, Copy of Transcripts, Birth Certificates, Death Certificates, Divorce Decree, Copy of a Driver License, Travel Consent Forms, Authorization Letters.  If you need to find a certified translator, we recommend visiting American Translators Association website.

Regarding the Power of Attorney, neither the notary or the California Secretary of State will read the documents so it doesn’t matter if the document is written in Spanish or in English and Spanish.  It’s important that the document is filled out completely.

If you reside outside of Los Angeles, you can send us your original documents via FedEx, UPS or Priority/Express Mail from the United States Postal Service.  For security purposes, always get a tracking number.

For documents received by 10:30 a.m., we guarantee the documents will be completed in 1-2 business days (excluding Saturday, Sunday and major holidays).  We provide FREE return shipping via FedEx Next Day service to anywhere in the United States.

Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

Notary Los Angeles

Notary in Los AngelesWe provide complimentary notary service in Los Angeles and surrounding areas for documents which require a California Apostille.

Certain documents require notarization prior to being eligible for a California Apostille.  These documents include: Power of Attorney, Affidavit, Copy of Driver License, Copy of Passport, Copy of School Diploma, School Transcripts, Certification of Free Sale, Certificate of Origin, and more!

If you’re to far for us to travel to and notarize your documents, you can simply meet with a local notary.  You can request a traveling notary to your location or meet with a local notary at their office.  Please contact us so we can email you the correct document’s you’ll need prior to visiting the local notary.

Once your documents have been notarized, we recommend you sending in your documents by the following carriers: FedEx, UPS, or USPS Priority mail service. Keep in mind there could be a 1-2 business day delay if you mail in your documents by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Please call Richard at Los Angeles Apostille at 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-876-8489.  Apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!