Apostille Stamp

Apostille Stamp


    Verification of Public Documents

    There are two possibilities for verifying a public document:

    1.  Verification by means of apostille

    In 1978, Israel signed and ratified the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents - 1961 (hereinafter: the Hague Convention). The purpose of this Convention was to shorten the processes required for a particular country to recognize the official documents issued by another country, by means of apostille certification.

    Public documents and certificates that were issued in one of the countries that are signatories to the above Convention, and which bear the apostille stamp, are valid for presentation in Israel, without the need for additional verification / certification by the diplomatic / consular representative at the Israeli mission.

    Additionally, for countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention, no additional verification is required by the mission consul of the country for which the document is designated, if it was stamped with an apostille in Israel.

    With regard to a list of the countries that signed the Convention, and details about the authority competent to grant apostille certification in each country, as well as additional information, click on the following link: http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.authorities&cid=17

    Apostille Office Information


    Arizona Secretary of State

    Request for Apostille/Certificate of Authentication

    Mail to: Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett

    Attention: Business Services, Notary Division

    1700 W. Washington Street, 7th Fl., Phoenix, AZ 85007-2888

    Tel: (602) 542-4758, (602) 542-6187, (800) 458-5842 (within Arizona)

    Website: www.azsos.gov


    Colorado Secretary of State

    Notary Program

    1700 Broadway, Suite 200

    Denver, CO 80290

    Website: http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/notary/notary_home.htm

    Tel: (303)894-2200, ext. 9500 or e-mail to: notary@sos.state.co.us


    California Secretary of State

    Website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/business/regional.htm

    Sacramento Main Office
    1500 11th Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Tel: (916) 657-5448

    Sacramento Office - Driving Directions

    Los Angeles Regional Office
    300 South Spring Street, Room 12513

    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    Tel: (213) 897-3062

    Los Angeles Office - Driving Directions


    Hawaii Secretary of State

    Office of the Lieutenant Governor

    Capitol Building, 5th Floor

    Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

    Tel: 808-586-0255



    Nevada Secretary of State
    101 North Carson St., Suite 3
    Carson City, NV. 89701
    (775) 684-5708 Ext.5

    Website: http://nvsos.gov/index.aspx?page=124


    Utah Secretary of State

    Utah State Capitol, Notary Office, Suite 220

    Salt Lake City, UT 84114

    Email: authentications@utah.gov

    Tel: (801)538-1041, Fax: (801)538-1133

    Website: http://www.authentications.utah.gov/


    Wyoming Secretary of State

    Mail to: Wyoming Secretary of State's Office
    State Capitol Building

    200 West 24th Street
    Cheyenne, WY 82002-0020

    Tel: (307) 777-5335

    Fax: (307) 777-5339
    Email: scochr@state.wy.us

    Website: http://soswy.state.wy.us/AdminServices/AuthenticationOverview.aspx 


    Important! Prior to arriving to the Secretary of State please assure that the certificate is sealed by the County Clerk. Without the County Clerk seal, you will not be able to obtain an Apostille seal from the Secretary of State.

    FYI, The County Clerk Offices also provides an original Birth/Marriage/Death Certificates.

    For further information please contact:

    Register-Recorder / County Clerk

    12400 Imperial Highway
    Norwalk, CA 90650

    Tel: 562-462-2060


    Citizens who can not be present at the consulate can take a parallel process as followed:

    1. Sign their documents in front of a notary public.

    2. Obtain a County Clerk seal on the notarized document.

    3. At the end of the process visit the Secretary of State in order to obtain an Appostille seal.


    2. Verification by means other than apostille

    Verification of a document in a country that is not a signatory to the Hague Convention should be implemented as follows:

    After the document is verified by the competent authority in the foreign country (usually the Foreign Ministry or Ministry of Justice), the Israeli consular representative verifies the signature of the competent authority.