Notarial Services

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The U.S. Embassy Consular Section provides notary services for persons wishing to execute documents in the presence of a U.S. consular officer. This service is available to both U.S. and foreign citizens who need to have documents notarized for use in the United States.

You are required to appear in person at the U.S. Embassy for notary services.

The following documents are required to request notary services.

1. The document to be notarized – DO NOT sign the document. Ensure that you understand the contents of the document – a consular officer cannot explain it to you nor can the officer advise you on any legal aspect of the document.

2. A government-issued photo ID, such as a valid passport or U.S driver’s license.

3. Witnesses – if required. Each witness must present valid photo identification.

4. The appropriate fee – To be paid in U.S. dollars, cash only.

Examples of Notary Services

Acknowledgment:  To “acknowledge” is to admit, affirm, or declare; to recognize one’s acts, assuming obligation or incurring responsibility. For example, if you sign a deed before a notary officer, you acknowledge your signature.

Affidavit:  A written or printed declaration or statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it, taken before an officer having authority to administer such an oath.

Consular officers are unable to assist you with preparing your document and cannot provide any legal advice on any aspect of what should be included in the document, if the document must be notarized, if the document requires witnesses, nor if the document will be valid in the jurisdiction in which it will be used.

The Embassy cannot authenticate or make certified copies of public documents or academic records issued in the United States.

For more information on notary and authentication services, visit the Notarial and Authentication Services  page of the Department of State website.