Sacramento Secretary of State Apostille

The California Secretary of State has one main office in Sacramento and one satellite office in Los Angeles.

The Sacramento Secretary of State is located on 11th Street in Sacramento, CA.  Parking is available around the corner and be prepared to have your items searched before entering the building.

You have two choices on how to obtain an Apostille from the Secretary of State in Sacramento.  You can either do the work yourself or you can hire our professional service to handle the work for you.

You may be wondering if obtaining an Apostille is an easy task.  The answer to that question depends on how much time, money, and effort you are willing to make to try to understand how to obtain an Apostille for your documents.

Not every document presented to the Secretary of State will receive an Apostille.  Even if your document is authentic, the Secretary of State may reject your document for various reasons.  These reasons can vary from the document being too old (birth certificate) or the document requiring authentication by the county clerk in the county that issued the document.  Birth Certificates and Death Certificates must be signed by the county clerk and not a medical doctor (Health Department).  Please call us for verification as some exceptions to the rule do apply.

Another major reason why a document is rejected is because the California notary did not perform their job function correctly.  About 50-70% of all documents received have notarial errors.  Also, black and white copies are not accepted.  You must mail in the original to us for processing.

Time and time again I see people at the Secretary of State office  turned away because their documents are not correct.  What a waste of time, money, and effort!  Sometimes, some of these people have driven for hours not knowing that their documents cannot be authenticated.  Don’t let this happen to you!