California Apostille Information

What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is a letter and stamp issued by the California Secretary of State authenticating a Notary Public or Public official, and is necessary for documents to be used outside the United States.

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What is a Notary?

A Notary Public is commissioned by the State of California to verify signatures on legal documents (not the contents of the document), in order for the same notarized document to be used in foreign countries, a secondary level of certification called an “Apostille” or in some cases, “Authentication” (for non Hague Convention countries) is often required. The notarized document must be Apostilled or Authenticated in the same state where it was notarized.

Which countries use Apostilles?

An apostille can be used if both countries (the country issuing the document and the country in which the document will be used) are part of the international Hague Convention. The United States is part of the Hague Convention. See a list of other participating countries below.

What if my Document is going to a Non Hague Convention Country?

If your document is going to a Non Hague Convention country, the Secretary of State will “Authenticate” the document for further legalization via the country’s consulate. We provide Apostille and Authentication services for every country.”

Countries Belonging to The Hague Convention

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T U V

Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan

Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brunei, Bulgaria

Cape Verde, Colombia, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic

Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic

Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia

Fiji, Finland, France

Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada

Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary

Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy

Japan

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg

Macau, Macedonia, Malawi, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro

Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niue, Norway

Oman

Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal

Romania, Russia

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

Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey

Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan

Vanuatu, Venezuela

Which documents can be Apostilled?

The Hague Convention abolishes the requirement of diplomatic and consular legalization for public documents originating in one Convention country and intended for use in another. For the purposes of the Convention, public documents include:

Common Documents That Are Apostilled

There are many other kinds document types that we can get Apostilled for you.

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