Local Letter of Clearance Background Check Apostille – Authentication – Legalization

What is a local letter of clearance?

According to the San Francisco Police Department, a letter of clearance (sometimes called a letter of good conduct) “establishes that you have a clean criminal record in a given city or county. You may be asked for one when applying for a visa or green card, adopting a child or finding a job. A clearance letter may also be helpful if you have been the victim of mistaken identity or identity theft.”

How do I get my local letter of clearance apostilled or authenticated?


1. Email us for a price quote.

Pricing varies depending on what country it’s going to, your location, the turnaround time needed, and the shipping destination. For a quick price quote, send an email to [email protected] with the following information:

  • Your name, address, and phone number
  • The name, address, phone number, and email address of the recipient (if you’d like us to ship it to a third party)
  • The destination country

We will respond with a price quote ASAP.

If the destination country has signed the Hague Apostille Convention, then we will just need to obtain an apostille from the California Secretary of State. If the destination country has not signed the Hague Convention, we will need to obtain an additional legalization from the destination country’s consulate or embassy (and possibly an apostille from the US State Department).

2. Meet us at the police department.

Make a mobile notary appointment with SF Notary at 850 Bryant, Room 475. You will request your letter of good conduct from the clerk, and we will notarize the clerk’s signature.

We will collect payment at the notary appointment.

If you are unable to meet us in person, or if you need a letter of clearance from another police department, please call us at +1 (415) 655-9455 to make arrangements.

3. We’ll take it from there.

We will obtain an apostille from the Secretary of State in Sacramento. For non-Hague countries, we can also obtain legalization from the relevant consulate or embassy (and US State Department, if needed). We’ll let you know what’s required when we send you the price quote.

We will ship the apostilled letter to you or directly to a party in the receiving country via FedEx Priority.

That’s the whole process of apostilling a local letter of good conduct. Questions? Please email [email protected] or call +1 (415) 655-9455.

Disclaimer: Information on this website is for informational purposes only. SF Notary + Apostille is not a law firm, and its agents are not attorneys. Please contact a licensed attorney or your local bar association for counsel on legal matters.