Apostille a California Diploma

Do you need to apostille your California Diploma?

If you attended a High School, College, University, or a Trade School in the State of California and plan to work, continue your education in another country, the requesting country will ask that your diploma be apostilled.  The diploma will need to be signed and notarized by the School’s Registrar prior to receiving an apostille from the Secretary of State.

A diploma must be signed and notarized by the School’s Registrar.

In order to determine if your diploma has been notarized, you can look for the original signature of the Registrar and the seal and signature of the notary public on the diploma. Every school has policies and procedures on how a diploma is notarized. I recommend that you contact the school and find out their procedure and if they have a notary on staff.  You can also request a traveling notary to meet with the Registrar.


In some situations, the school will draft a letter on school letterhead certifying that the attached copy of the diploma is authentic.  This letter is then notarized and apostilled from the State office. Also, the country requesting your diploma will provide you instructions on what is required.

Once your diploma has been notarized, we recommend that you contact us so we can email you the instructions and order forms.  Also, some countries have strict requirements on how a degree should be authenticated.  These countries include: Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.  Documents destined for these countries require multiple steps and additional supporting documentation.

The processing time and cost depends on the country requesting your diploma. For example, an original diploma signed and notarized in California for Italy is going to cost less than a diploma notarized in New York City and for Qatar.  Our staff can provide you the cost and processing time.

At International Apostille Services, Inc., we take the guesswork out of getting an apostille on your diploma. Our trained and knowledgeable staff are available Monday – Friday from 8am to 7pm to answer your questions and to provide you easy to follow step by step instructions. 1-888-810-4054 or 1-310-484-5296 (International Callers).

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