The California Secretary of State has changed the appearance of the Apostilles they issue. The new certificates mirror the model certificate of The Hague Conference on Private International Law and offer more uniformity with Apostilles issued by other states in the U.S. The new Apostilles, which the Secretary of State began issuing on November 1, 2011, are based on the trilingual model certificate published by the Hague Conference, and so have a bordered box with sides at least 9 centimeters long on an allonge (a separate attachment) that is 8.5 x 11 inches. Changes were also made to the appearance of the document header and CA State Seal, which is no longer embossed.
View a sample of the new California Apostille.
View the CA Secretary of State’s memo about this change.