California Apostille

Do you have a document that needs to be authenticated or certified by the Secretary of State prior to being mailed internationally?  Some examples of documents submitted for authentications are the following:

  Birth certificates, Bylaws, Certificates of Non-Marital Status, Distributorship Agreements, Deeds of Assignment, Marriage Licenses, Papers for Adoption purposes, Powers of Attorney, Trademarks, Corporate documents such as articles, mergers, amendments, School records such as diplomas, Transcript, letters relating to degrees, References and Job Certification and Trademarks.

The Doc Xpert is an approved service provider for the California Secretary of State.  We provide easy and painless California Apostille services.  The Doc Xpert has a wide range of experience in the Apostille process.  You can rest assured that we pay attention to detail and will handle your document in a manner that will prevent rejection as it goes through the process.


We can travel to you.  Pick up and drop off service to your home, or office is available.  For out of the area or out of the country clients, you may send your document to us by Fed-X, UPS or whatever mail carrier you choose.  The document can be returned the same way. Apostille service can be completed in 2-3 business days.   Requests for expedited service can be accommodated for an extra fee.


Apostille is a French word meaning certification. It is commonly used in English to refer to the legalization of a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.  Documents sent to member nations, completed with an Apostille at the State of CA level, may be submitted directly to the member nation without further action.


The Apostille simplifies the legalization process by exempting documents certified with the Apostille at the State level from any additional certification by a higher authority such as the U.S. Department of State or foreign consulate.  Members of the conference adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that would be recognized by all member nations.

Documents sent to non-member nations requiring a Certification of the signature of the state's public official at the state level, then must be transmitted to the Authentication Office of the Department of State in Washington, D.C. for the Authentication of the State Official's signature.  For more detailed information on the Apostille or Certification process you may visit the Secretary of State website. 


Fees for California Apostille service start at $200.00 for local residents.  Price does not include fees charged by the County Clerk or the Secretary of State.  Cost will vary based upon extra services requested by client.

*Note - If you live in Los Angeles or Orange County please contact our business associate for Apostille services.