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Part 2 today – apostilles:

In 1961 many nations joined together to create a simplified method of “legalizing” documents for universal recognition. Members of the conference, referred to as the Hague Convention, adopted a document referred to as an Apostille that would be recognized by all member nations.

Documents sent to member nations, completed with an Apostille at the state level, may be submitted directly to the member nation without further action.

Getting an Apostille in California can be done in Sacramento or at one of four regional offices in Fresno, LA, San Diego or San Francisco. SF would be convenient except you need to have the county clerk’s office first certify the notary is legitimate. I think it’s just easier to go to Sacramento.

Here’s the full skinny from the Secretary of State

The literature is a bit unclear, but I called the Notary Public in Sacramento and confirmed that documents brought in-person there do not need to be notarized or certified in their original counties.

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