Sometimes local and international clients have documents that require an apostille (authentication) by the Secretary of State, since their notarized documents will be sent to a recipient in a foreign country. The recipient requires the documents have apostilles which authenticates the documents origin.
Clients locally sometimes do not have time to wait the few days to several days (this time may be extended due to budget cuts) turn around by mail or drive to the Secretary of State for same day apostille (authentication) service. I refer them to an affiliate document service company that turns around their documents in a couple days to a few days from when they receive them. This turn around time is based on the Secretary of States service to document service companies. (Unfortunately, this turn around time cannot be accelerated, as the Secretary of State has no rush service with document service companies. The quickest way for apostille service is to drive to the Secretary of State office in Sacramento Monday through Friday during business hours for same day service.)
The affiliate document service will bring the notarized documents to the Secretary of State the same day, if they receive them in the morning. In the best case scenario, the document service will return the apostilled documents within a couple of days domestically of when they receive them. In the worse case scenario, the document service will return the documents with apostilles within a few days domestically of when they receive them.
Added services the affiliate document service provides are emailing the documents with the apostille certificates, working with the Department of State, working with Consulates and shipping the documents anywhere in the world.
To learn more about apostille service with the California Secretary of State and the Apostille Convention, Hague Conference, members and parties and more, visit:
A client in Dubai needed apostille service for her college diploma and transcripts. I met with the Registrar at Stanford University to notarize her diploma and transcripts. The document service brought the documents to the Secretary of State for apostille service. Next, they were certified with the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Then, they were certified with the United Arab Emirates Consulate in Washington D.C. to complete the legalization of the documents. Lastly, the legalized documents were sent to Dubai. My client was glad she could stay focused on her work and ease her stress, while I and my affiliate document service worked together to complete the legalization of her documents. These documents were required for her work visa.
Local clients usually work directly with my affiliate document service for assistance with apostille service. When their deadlines are too tight, they drive to the Secretary of State for apostille service for their notarized documents bound for receipt by someone overseas in a country that is part of the Apostille Convention.
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