Call (877) 710-9493 for divorce-decree authentication assistance
Need to get an apostille or authentication for a divorce decree?
Simply follow the steps below or call (877) 710-9493 to discuss it with us.
Was the divorce granted in California?
The California Secretary of State can only apostille divorce decrees for people who were divorced in California. If the divorce occurred in another state, you have to get the apostille through that state's Secretary of State. We may be able to help with apostilling divorce decrees from other states--call (877) 710-9493 for time and rates. If the divorce was decreed in California, proceed to step 2.
Do you have an official copy of the divorce decree?
The California Secretary of State will only apostille certified copies of divorce decrees--no scans or photocopies. You can order a certified copy from the Superior Court in the county in which the divorce was granted. We may be able to order a certified copy for you--call (877) 710-9493 for time and rates. If you have an original or certified copy of a California divorce decree, proceed to step 3.
How does the apostille process for a divorce decree work?
We will take your certified copy of a California divorce decree that has been signed or verified by a Clerk of the Superior Court to Sacramento to be apostilled. The California Secretary of State will check the name and signature of the Clerk and then issue an apostille. For countries that have signed the Hague Convention for Apostilles, no further legalization is needed. For countries that have not signed the Hague Convention, a consular visit will be necessary. For more information about California apostilles or Hague member countries, call (877) 710-9493. If the divorce decree is being authenticated for a country that that has notsigned the Hague Convention, proceed to step 4. If the divorce decree is being authenticated for one of the countries that has signed the Hague Convention, skip to step 5.
What if it's for a non-Hague country?
Countries that have not signed the Hague Convention for Apostilles require additional processing for divorce decree legalization. Typically, this is done at the country's consular office in San Francisco. After we get the divorce decree apostilled by the California Secretary of State, we will bring it to the relevant consulate for legalization. For more information about the process for non-Hague countries, call (877) 710-9493. You're almost done! To decide what to do with the document, proceed to step 5.
What do you want to do with the final document?
Once the divorce decree has been apostilled/authenticated, we can send it back to you or directly to the receiving country. Shipping within the United States is included in the apostille price. For shipping rates to other countries, click here or call (877) 710-9493 for a quote. Once you know where the document is going, you're ready to order. Proceed to step 6.
Place your order
If you know the answers to all of the above questions, you're ready to place an order. You can place your order online or over the phone at (877) 710-9493. To place your order online, click here.