the State Registrar (California Department of Public Health).
If your birth or death certificate was issued by a city- or county-level agency and has the signature of a Health Officer or County Registrar (e.g. Local Registrar, Registrar of Vital Records), prior to presenting to our office for authentication, one of the following will be required:
have that birth or death certificate certified by the county clerk’s office in the county in which it was issued, or obtain a certified copy of that birth or death certificate from the county recorder or State of California Department of Public Health.
The signature, name, and title of the public official can be found at the bottom of a birth or death certificate.
For example, Louise is Alfred's neighbor, and they are not related in any way. Alfred can remain at home while Louise takes Alfred's document to the Secretary of State's office and requests an Apostille on Alfred's behalf.
If the notarization of the document is in English, the California Secretary of State can issue an Apostille. The rest of the document can be in any other language.