Death Certificate Apostille and Authentication Service
What is a death certificate?
According to Dictionary.com, a death certificate is a “certificate signed by a doctor, giving pertinent identifying information, as age and sex, about a deceased person and certifying the time, place, and cause of death.”
How do I get a death certificate apostilled or authenticated?
This process can be confusing, so if you’d like to talk to us live, please give us a call at +1 (415) 655-9455.
1. Check the location of passing.
Only California death certificates can be apostilled by the California Secretary of State. Did the person pass away in another state or country? We may still be able to help you obtain an apostille. Call +1 (415) 655-9455 for details.
2. Check the signing official’s job title.
On the bottom left of the California death certificate, you should see a signature from a local official.
If it was signed by the county clerk, the California Secretary of State will compare the signature to the one on record and issue an apostille. If it was signed by a coroner or health officer, the Secretary of State doesn’t have a signature on record. The official’s signature will need to be verified by the local county clerk before we take it to Sacramento. You can visit the county clerk, or we can do it for you, depending on which county in which the person passed on.
3. 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
- The job title of the person who signed the death certificate (look at the lower left-hand side)
- The county in which the individual passed away
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).
4. Send the death certificate to us.
Send an official copy of the death certificate to our office:
SF Notary + Apostille
315 Montgomery Street, 10th floor
San Francisco, CA 94104
Please include a check or money order made out to “AMN SF” or call us at +1 (415) 655-9455 to arrange credit-card payment.
4. We’ll take it from there.
If needed, we will take the death certificate to the relevant county clerk to certify the coroner or health official’s signature. Then 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 death certificate to you or directly to a party in the receiving country via FedEx Priority.
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.