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Focus on your own To Do list while I process this complicated California apostille paperwork on your behalf with the Secretary of State in Sacramento. Notary San Rafael brings this convenience right to your door with either Standard, Rush or Emergency apostille service.  Plus, mobile notary & apostille service makes this a hassle-free process for businesses and individuals throughout Marin county.

What Is An Apostille?”

An Apostille (pronounced “ah-po-steel”) is a certificate issued by the Secretary of State that proves the authenticity of a notary’s signature and seal. Typically, Apostilles are required for documents destined for use in a foreign country which abides by the Hague Convention. The document is the proof that the notary or public official who witnessed the signer’s signature is legitimate and is in good standing with the state government.

The Apostille or Certification does not validate the contents of the document. Apostilles and Certifications only certify to the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document, the capacity in which that official acted, and when appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears.  The Apostille itself is a full page embossed certificate.  It is permanently attached to your notarized document. Removing the staples is forbidden.

The country of destination determines whether the authentication is an Apostille or a Certification.

The California Secretary of State authenticates signatures only on documents issued in the State of California signed by a notary public or the following public officials and their deputies:

  • County Clerks or Recorders
  • Court Administrators of the Superior Court
  • Executive Clerks of the Superior Court
  • Officers whose authority is not limited to any particular county
  • Judges or Executive Officers of the Superior Court
  • State Officials

Generally speaking, official signatures must be “wet ink” (or written in pen).  Photocopied signatures and faxed or stamped signatures are not acceptable for authentication.

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California apostilles can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the California Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork can easily be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!

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