International Apostille certification is something you are going to deal with if you are planning to continue your study abroad. Scholarship holders, university exchange students, and many others will be asked to Apostille their academic credentials (transcripts, degree) to be accepted by international universities.
So, you must be asking…
How to apostille Academic Credentials for studying abroad?
Keep calm, that’s what we are going to explain here.
Your Educational Documents Should be One of the Following…
Examples of Educational documents include:
|Graduate Record Examination GRE||School/ College Transcript|
|Doctorate Certificate||School/ College Diploma|
|Master Degree||Teaching Credentials|
|Associate Degree||TESOL Certificate|
|Doctorate Degree||Bachelor Degree/ Certificate|
Your school, university or faculty must be located in the States of California or one of its counties. Also, the educational institution must be an accredited establishment in order to be accepted by the California Secretary of State for Apostille Service.
How to ensure that your university is accredited?. Search the official website of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation Here. or check out the full list of California State Accredited Uneviresties
A diploma or a transcript must bear the official signature of the school or university registrar.
Get your document notarized by a California notary public
There are two types of California notary forms:
California notary jurat
CA Jurat Sample
State of California
County of _______________
Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on this ______ day of _____________, 20___, by__________________________________________________________________________, proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) who appeared before me.
California Notary Acknowledgement
CA Acknowledgement Sample
State of California
County of _____________________________
On __________________ before me____________________________________________
(insert name and title of the officer)
personally appeared ______________________________________________________________, who proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) whose name(s) is/are subscribed to the within instrument and acknowledged to me that he/she/they executed the same in his/her/their authorized capacity(ies), and that by his/her/their signature(s) on the instrument the person(s), or the entity upon behalf of which the person(s) acted, executed the instrument. I certify under PENALTY OF PERJURY under the laws of the State of California that the foregoing paragraph is true and correct. WITNESS my hand and official seal.
Signature ______________________________ (Seal)
California Secretary of State Apostille
Visit the California Secretary of State office in Los Angeles for document Apostille. The process will take about one business day in charge of $26.00 per document.
Send Authentication requests can be submitted by mail to the Los Angeles office.
California Secretary of State Office
300 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
According to the Secretary of State, your envelope must include the following items:
- The original notarized and/or certified document(s). A photocopy is not acceptable.
- A cover letter stating the country in which the document will be used.
- A check or money order for the authentication fee of $20 per Apostille.
- A self-addressed envelope for the return mail.
apostille processing time from California Secretary of State Office usually takes 7:10 business days.
Note: Same-Day for $26.00 per document expedited service for walk-in service only at Los Angeles office. mailing service is not available.
For any other State, you can contact your Secretary of State Office directly, this is all SOS offices information you’re going to need to contact them.
click here: US Secretary of State Offices Lists
If you are in a hurry or want to hire a professional Apostille service, contact California Apostille for 3-hours California Apostille. We charge only $50.00 per document, without the shipping fees.
We will respond timely.
you can also order by phone on (323) 977-4900 Monday to Friday, from 09.00 am to 05.00 pm PST
You have to include a prepaid airway bill with your envelope to ship the document back to you after authentication. We may ship your document internationally.
- California Apostille accepts company Check, Money Order
- Make your check or money order payable to “California Apostille”
- Billing option is available for Corporations only.