Office of Vital Statistics
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FAQ - Requesting an Apostille?


  • What is an Apostille?

An Apostille is an authentication of public official signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America.   Some countries only will recognize your Birth Certificate or other type of official document if is authenticated by the Secretary of State which the document was issued.   This authentication can be an Apostille or a Certification.   The country of destination will determine whether they require an Apostille or Certification.

  • How can I get an Apostille on my Birth Certificate?   

For Birth Certificates purchased in the City of Berkeley, you must first contact the Alameda County Recorder's Office in order to get your document certified.  After that process is complete, you may submit the document(s) to the California Secretary of State for an Apostille, either by hand delivering the document(s) in one of the Office locations (shown below) between the hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) or you may also mail your document(s) to the Sacramento Office only, as the other locations do not process mailed in documents.

The California Secretary of State can only authenticate documents issued in the State of California by the following public officials and their deputies:

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



Street Address: 
Notary Public Section
1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-3595

Mailing Address:
Notary Public Section
Post Office Box 942877
Sacramento, CA 94277-0001


1315 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 203
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 445-6900   

Los Angeles:
300 South Spring Street, Room 12513
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 897-3062




Quick Guide:

     Requesting an Apostile


  • Visit the California Secretary of State website for more information by clicking here.  


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