Chula Vista Apostille
If you are looking for a Chula Vista apostille, neither Chula Vista nor San Diego county have a local branch of the Secretary of State that will provide this service. You have three options to obtain an apostille in Chula Vista.
Option 1: Mail your documents to Sacramento and wait to see when they come back, this process usually takes about 3 weeks.
Options 2: Drive three hours up to Los Angeles and get it stamped yourself, then drive three hours back. Seven hours of your day, plus a full tank of gas, spent on getting one piece of paper. Think about it this way 7 hours times a minimum $9/hr plus at least $50 in gas equals $113. All that, plus the headache of LA traffic!
Option 3: We do the leg work for you. At least once a week, we make the trip to the Los Angeles branch of the Secretary of State to process apostilles for many Chula Vista residents. It is the easiest and most cost-effective way to get your apostille processed in a quick and easy way.
What is an Apostille
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.
Apostilles and Certifications only certify to the authenticity of the signature of the official who signed the document, the capacity in which that official acted, and when appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which the document bears. The Apostille or Certification does not validate the contents of the document.
The California Secretary of State authenticates signatures only on documents issued in the State of California signed by a notary public or the following public officials and their deputies:
What is an Apostille and when do I need one?
An Apostille is a certificate that authenticates the origin of a public document (eg birth,
marriage or death certificate, a judgment, an extract of a register or a notarial attestation.)
Apostilles can only be issued for document issued in one country party to the Apositlle
convention and that are to be used in another country which is also a party to the
You will need an Apostille if all of the following apply;
An apostille may not be required if the laws, regulation or practice in force in the country where the public document is to be used have abolished or simplified the requirement of an apostille or have exempted the document from any legalization requirement. Such simplification or exemption may also result from a treaty or other agreement that is in force between the country where the pubic document is to be used and the country that issued it (e.g. some other Hague Conventions exempt documents from legalization or any analogous formality, including an Apostille).
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