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Erma Castro

If you have been asking yourself "where can Iapostille a birth certificate in Los Angeles?", then this is the right place to have your answer. One of the documents that require validation and authentication to be used in another state or in a foreign country is a birth certificate. But you do not have to worry about the tedious task of obtaining an apostille in California. Last January 1, 2017, a new rule beneficial to the public has been implemented - the issuance of a Single Authentication Certificate. The Secretary of State of California is now allowed to issue a single Apostille that is can be validly used outside the country instead of issuing an Apostille based on the country where it is to be used.

To recall, an apostille is a certification authenticating the signature of the issuing agency contained in a specific document and affirming the seal of the office of its origin. It does not validate any other content of a document except those aforementioned.

The California Secretary of State certifies the authenticity of the signatures contained in the documents issued within California made by the following government officials:

State Officials
Court Administrators
Executive Clerks of Superior Courts
Judges of Superior Courts
Executive Officers of Superior Courts
County Clerks

In the process of obtaining authentication Los Angeles apostille services generally begins with an authentication request submitted to the appropriate office under the Secretary of State. When you submit a request through mail, here are the items you need to include in your mail:

Cover letter indicating the country where the document will be used.
Original notarized or a certified copy of the document. Do not send a photocopy else it will not be processed.
Check or money order amounting to $20 as fee for every authentication certificate. It must be made payable to the Secretary of State.
A self-addressed envelope.

If you choose to personally appear in the Los Angeles office for the processing, you need to pay an additional $6 as special handling fee for each public official's signature to be certified. The early bird gets to be served early.

Here are some of the documents that require authentication certificate from the Secretary of State:

Birth Certificates
Divorce Decrees
Permit to Travel
Transcript of Records
Death Certificates

You must remember that a notarized or original copy or a certified true copy of the document where the signature to be authenticated is contained should be submitted to the office of the Secretary of State. Some documents also contain seals of different public offices, especially by courts, so you need to make sure that your documents are sealed by the proper office.

Learn more here  about apostille and the procedural steps of how to obtain one. You might as well consider reading the history of apostille, its benefits, effects and how it works in foreign countries. Read about the 1961 Apostille Convention.

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