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Apostille Certificate From The California Secretary Of State

How To Order An Apostille Certificate From The California Secretary Of State

An original or certified copy dated within the last five years is required. A certified copy of your articles and a California Apostille cannot be requested at the same time. It can be ordered by mail or in person, but we recommend mailing. Normal processing takes up to 2 weeks, plus additional time for mailing, and costs $20. Always provide the name of the country needing a California Apostille.

You can order an Apostille Certificate…

By Mail: Provide the original or certified copy of the document, country name needing the California Apostille, specific request, payment for fees and a daytime phone number for any questions on your request cover letter.

In Person: A California Apostille Document requested in person take priority over mailed requests, are served on a first come first served basis, and are charged an additional handling fee of $6. You must provide an original or certified copy of the document.

Do you need to order a certified copy at the same time or does the fee include a certified copy?

Because a California certified copy is processed through a different department, they cannot be ordered at the same time. This fee does not include a certified copy.

How much does it cost to obtain a California State Apostille?

$20 per document. $26 for in person orders.

Is expedited processing available?

No. However, in person requests take priority over mailed requests.

Payment options?

Check, Money Order, Visa or MasterCard. Make check or money order payable to: Secretary of State.

How long does it take to get an Apostille California Certification Certificate from California Secretary of State?

In Person: first come first served basis. Normal processing: 2 business weeks, plus additional time for mailing.

How will the California Apostille Certificate come back after I order from the California Secretary of State?

It will be mailed by regular mail, unless you request otherwise and provide a pre-addressed prepaid envelope or Fed Ex airbill. Return service by fax or email is not available.

Contact Info:

California Secretary of State
Notary Public Section/Authentications
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
PO Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277

If you would like Northwest Registered Agent to get your California Apostille (we also do California Certificates of Good Standing), we obtain these in our Sacramento office for $175 if you’re a registered agent client, and $275 if you’re not a registered agent client. We will first order a certificate of status, or certified copy. Certified copies take about a week for the State to get back, and a certificate of status about 1-2 days. We will then take those documents to the California Apostille division, and get the Apostille certification for you. We can email the page, and ship wherever you want. Out of Country shipping is usually about $100.

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