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
* To obtain a "life certificate" for the social security (Bituach Leumi) only- you can sign in front of a public notary and verify it by an apostille stamp, it will be accepted without showing in person at the consulate.
Appostille - Offices 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)
Colorado Secretary of State
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290
California Secretary of State
Sacramento Main Office
1500 11th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 657-5448
Los Angeles Regional Office
300 South Spring Street, Room 12513
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tel: (213) 897-3062
Hawaii Secretary of State
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Capitol Building, 5th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Nevada Secretary of State
101 North Carson St., Suite 3
Carson City, NV. 89701
(775) 684-5708 Ext.5
Utah Secretary of State
Utah State Capitol, Notary Office, Suite 220
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
Tel: (801)538-1041, Fax: (801)538-1133
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
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 Appostille 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
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.