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Notes about Certified Copy of Vital Records in California

Updated: Jul 19, 2022

The Secretary of State of California will apostille California notary public and public official’s signatures on documents issued in California for use in foreign countries.

In order for the Secretary of State of California to apostille vital records (birth, marriage, death), the document must be a certified copy of the record signed and issued by the California county clerk/recorder or the State of California Department of Public Health.

Please note, California is unable to apostille the signatures of County Health Officers and Local Registrars. If you obtained a certified copy of the record from the county health department, you will need to have the County Health Officer's signature certified by the county clerk/recorder's office or obtain a new certified copy of the record from the county clerk/recorder's office.

During Covid-19, California offices are currently closed to the public and do not offer in person same-day services.


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