How do I get a Sacramento apostille?

Tower Bridge in Sacramento, representing a Sacramento apostille

If you have a document being presented in another country, the recipient might ask you to obtain a “Sacramento apostille” (a.k.a. California Secretary of State or Hague apostille) before shipping it to them. The good news is that you don’t have to travel to Sacramento to get the apostille. SF Notary + Apostille can take your document to the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento. We will obtain the apostille while we wait (no matter how long it takes), and send it back to you or directly to the overseas recipient.

What is a Sacramento apostille?

An apostille is an authentication that certifies that a government or notarized document is authentic. Countries that accept apostilles have signed the Hague Apostille Convention, which is an international treaty that basically states member countries will accept an apostilled document from any other Hague apostille member country. In the United States, many apostilles are handled by the Secretary of State of each state. For California, the main apostille office is in Sacramento. The other branch is located in Los Angeles.

What are my options for obtaining a California apostille?

You can absolutely drive to Sacramento or Los Angles to obtain an apostille yourself. You can also mail your document in and wait several weeks for the Secretary of State to send it back to you. However, getting your own apostille is not necessarily the best solution.

First, it’s easier to have us obtain it for you. Either we can meet with you to notarize or obtain your document, or we can send you a FedEx overnight label to send us your already-notarized or certified document—and we take care of the rest. With nearly twenty years of experience, we are also able to spot problems to minimize rejections, which are costly, time-consuming, and frustrating.

We get many calls from people who have had their documents rejected in Sacramento. If you want to get an apostille quickly and easily, let us handle it for you.

What does your apostille service entail?

If you are located in the San Francisco Bay Area, we may be able to pick up your document from you at your home, office, or other convenient location. If we meet, we can notarize your document as part of the service. (A travel fee may apply.) If your document is already certified or notarized, we may send you a FedEx priority label so you can ship the document to us.

We’ll take your document to the Secretary of State’s office in Sacramento, complete the form, pay the fee, and hand it to the apostille clerk. The Secretary of State will staple the apostille to the document, apply a red stamp, and hand it back to us. We will then make a scan (if requested) and drop the apostilled document off at FedEx. We make it as easy as possible for you.

If you have any questions about the Sacramento apostille process, please call us at +1 (415)655-9455 or email us at [email protected].

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