Secretary of State, County Clerk, Foreign Consulates and Passport Services
CA Secretary of State Los Angeles
As of March 1, 2012, the Los Angeles Secretary of State will verify the notary's signature on each document and the County Clerk's signature on birth and marriage certificates. Birth certificates issued by the Health Department must first be verified by the County Clerk. The signatures on the certificates being verified should be a current signature. For example, if a marriage license was ordered 4 years ago and the County Clerk's signature who signed the document is no longer on file, you will need to order a current marriage license.
The Secretary of State will verify the notary's signature. All notaries' signatures are on file with the Secretary of State. The signature on the document and the signature on file must match. The Secretary of State will reject the document if the signatures do not match. Ask the notary to sign the notary statement just as they signed their notary oath at the office of the County Clerk.
County Clerk's fees vary according to county (Los Angeles - $9 per document, Orange - $13 per document, Riverside - $10 for the first notary signature verification per document, and San Diego - $5 per document).
Secretary of State: $20 per document plus $6 per each different notary signature verification. One $6 fee is charged if all documents are signed by the same notary. If one notary signed a document and a second notary signed another document, you would pay $12 for two signature verifications, and so on.
**The County Clerk and the Secretary of State can reject the authentication of a document. Government fees can change without notice.
$25 per County Clerk
$35 Secretary of State
Provide a check payable to the appropriate County Clerk or you may include the fees in the courier (Red Tape Solution) check.
Provide a check payable to the Secretary of State. Include the signer's driver's license number, expiration date, and state where your license was issued, or you may include the fees in the courier (Red Tape Solution) check.
Courier fees are to be made payable to Red Tape Solution. For your convenience, you may combine all the fees (County Clerk, Secretary of State, Consulate, etc.) into the Red Tape Solution check.
Payment by PayPal is available. An additional 5% will be added for the PayPal fee.
Provide a prepaid return Fed Ex airbill, Express Mail, UPS, etc. If using your UPS account number, your name and address must be in the Sender and Recipient spaces.
Send your packages to: Janice Moore, Red Tape Solution, 3895 N. Perris Blvd. #9, Perris, CA 92571, (951) 805-3008. It is advisable to send your package by a trackable means (Fed Ex, UPS, Express mail, etc). Please email the tracking number to: Janice@redtapesolution.com
Red Tape Solution provides visa and authentication/legalization services to foreign Consulates in the Southern California area.
Consulate fees and turnaround times vary by Country. For information on Consulates in the Southern California area, please contact us at (951) 805-3008 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Consulates require all documents to be certified by the Secretary of State with either a seal or apostille depending on the country. Red Tape Solution provides services to the County Offices and to the Secretary of State.
Red Tape Solution offers passport services for those traveling soon and are in need of expediting their passport/s. The U.S. Passport Agency in Los Angeles accepts passport applications if you are traveling within 2 weeks of your appointment date. The appointments are issued through the U.S. Passport Agency. Our service will make the appointment for you once we know your departure date, hand carry your application and supporting documents to the U.S. Passport Agency and pick up your passport when it is ready.
The courier fees are $100 for 1 to 4 passports and $25 for each additional passport sent together in one package.