Do you need to apostille a California Birth Certificate?
The state of California has a total of 58 Counties. Each County can issue a birth certificate from the Health Department and from the County Clerk (California Counties Apostille). A birth certificate issued by the Health Department and signed by a Medical Doctor will requires County Clerk authentication before the state will attach the apostille; basically a two step process. A birth certificate issued by the County Clerk only requires the state apostille. Therefore, it’s important to obtain a birth certificate from the County Clerk’s office.
For example, if your Los Angeles birth certificate is issued by the Los Angeles Health Department, it will need to be authenticated through the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office before the state of California will attach the California apostille. To avoid the additional step, obtain a certified copy of your Los Angeles birth certificate directly from the County Clerk’s office.
In the State of California, we have offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco. We recommend that you mail in your documents to the closest office near you. If you are outside of California, please mail in your documents to our Los Angeles apostille office.
Cost: As low as $75 for each apostille.
Office Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am – 6pm
Customer Support: 1-800-850-3441
Download Forms: California Apostille Order Forms
Obtaining an apostille on a California birth certificate 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!
Our staff is available Monday-Saturday from 9am to 6pm to answer your questions and provide you easy to follow-step-by-step instructions. Please call us at 1-800-850-3441.