Apostille and Authentication

What is an Apostille and Signature of Authentication?

  • Apostille- An "apostille" is a form of authentication.
  • Signature of Authentication: The California Secretary of State provides authentication of public official signatures on documents to be used outside the United States of America. The country of destination determines whether the authentication is an Apostille or Certification. 

Where do I go if I need one? 

  • Mail-in address is:
    Secretary of State,
    Notary Public Section,
    P. O. Box 942877, Sacramento, Ca. 94277-0001.
    Phone number: (916) 653-3595.

  • Walk-in addresses are:
    Secretary of State,
    Notary Public Section,
    1500 11th Street, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, Ca. 95814

    ** OR **

    Secretary of State,
    Notary Public Section,
    Los Angeles Regional Office,
    300 South Spring Street, Room 12513, Los Angeles, Ca. 90013

The fee for the apostille or exemplified copy is $20.00 for mailed-in requests, which are only accepted by the Sacramento office, or $26.00 for walk-in requests, which are accepted by the Sacramento or Los Angeles offices. Please check the Secretary of State website at www.sos.ca.gov for their latest fee schedule. 

Before mailing, be sure our verification of the County Health Officer is attached to your original certificate. Please include a cover letter indicating which country the apostille is being prepared for and a self-addressed stamped envelope

If purchased from the Public Health Department, signature must be verified by the County Clerk-Recorder prior to sending for apostille.

To request an apostille for a certified copy of a birth or death certificate purchased from the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, you must present the California Secretary of State with a verification of the County Health Officer's signature from the Santa Barbara County Clerk -Recorder. This verification costs $14.00 and may be purchased in person or by mail at any one of our two (2) offices. If you are sending your verification request by mail please include $2.00 fee for first class mail:


Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder,
Hall of Records,
1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm
Santa Maria Goverment Center
511 E. Lakeside Parkway, Suite 115
Santa Maria, CA 93455
M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm