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An apostille is a certification by the office of the Secretary of State or the State Department of the United States that the signature on the document in question is valid or that the notary on the non-governmental document is valid. This apostille certificate is then presented in conjunction with the document in question to be used in another Hague Convention country.
Apostille services help individuals and companies obtain the proper authorization certificates (Apostille) from the Secretary of State. Apostille services in Los Angeles such as ours obtain the required documents from clients, take them to the California Secretary of State office, wait for however long it takes on a walk-in basis to get the Apostille.
Having a document apostille refers to obtaining a signature certification for a document that needs to be used abroad in a Apostille Convention or Hague Convention country. To be considered valid, each document must be accompanied by an Apostille (authorization certificate).
Many think that there is a California secretary of state apostille office. This is partially true. The apostille authentication certificate is obtained at a California secretary of state office, but there is no designated office. The authentication certificate is one of several services that the S.O.S office provides. At the regional office in Los Angeles, the following services can be processed (all others must be processed in the main office in Sacramento):
– Authentication of a public official’s name (Apostille)
– Filing a domestic partnership
– Filing corporation documents
No, an apostille is a authentication of an official’s signature on an official document issued in the state of California. A notary can be hired to acquire an apostille. An apostille can be acquired for a notarized document if it is not a document issued by the state of California.
Authentication requests can be presented in person to the Sacramento (also by mail) or Los Angeles office locations for California Apostille services. For in-person Apostille requests, no appointment is necessary and customers are served on a “first come first serve” basis.
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