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What are Apostilles, how do you get one, and how are they used?

Apostilles are certificates that authenticate the seals and signatures of public officials on documents that are meant to be used outside of the United States. In California, the Secretary of State's office issues Apostilles. No company or entity other than the Secretary of State may issue an official Apostille in California. Apostilles are typically used for documents such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and court judgments that are being used abroad.

 

Before receiving an Apostille for your document(s), the document must first be signed and authenticated by a California official, such as a county clerk or a state official. Once the document has been authenticated, it can be submitted to the Secretary of State's office for processing. However, it is important to be aware of all the requirements that need to be met to receive an Apostille. For example, if your document was not notarized properly, or the certified copy of your birth certificate was not made by the right type of official, it will be requested by the Secretary of State. We, at Apostilles Ca, make sure your document(s) are eligible for an Apostille before sending them to the Secretary of State. 

 

Document accuracy is only the beginning of the requirements set forth by the Secretary of State. To receive the Apostille, the document(s) must also be sent with additional required items like a check/money order to pay the Secretary of State Apostille request fees. We make sure all the required material is sent with your documents to save you time, guesswork, and money spent on mistakes. See our pricing by clicking here.

 

Apostilles are typically used in countries that are part of the Hague Convention. The Hague Convention is a treaty between the United States and other countries that simplifies the process of recognizing foreign public documents. For example, a California notarization is only valid for use in the United States because other counties, like Mexico, do not recognize California notarizations as official. However, an Apostille lets people in the other country know that the notarization is official. Underneath this article you will see a list of every country part of the Hague Convention.

 

Apostilles are an important tool for verifying the authenticity of documents being used abroad, and the process for obtaining an apostille in California can be complicated with much room for error. The slightest error can lead to you receiving your document(s) back in the mail with a rejection letter. If you are in need of a California Apostille, we are happy to assist you.

Countries who are part of the Hague Convention

A

Albania

Andorra

Antigua and Barbuda

Argentina

Armenia

Australia

Austria

Azerbaijan

B

Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso

C

Cabo Verde
Canada
Chile
China

Colombia
Comoros
Congo
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Cyprus
Czech Republic

D

Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic

E

Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Estonia

F

Fiji
Finland
France

G

Georgia
Germany
Greece
Grenada

H

Honduras
Hungary

I

Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy

J

Jamaica
Japan
Jordan

K

Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan

L

Latvia
Lesotho
Liberia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg

M

Madagascar
Malawi
Malta
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova

Monaco
Mongolia
Montenegro
Morocco
Mozambique

N

Namibia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Norway

O

Oman

P

Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal

Q

Qatar

R

Romania
Russian Federation

S

Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Samoa
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Serbia
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland

T

Tajikistan
Tanzania (United Republic of)
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Tuvalu

U

Vanuatu
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Vietnam

V

Vanuatu
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
Vietnam

Z

Zambia

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