Consular officers can perform the following notarial acts:
- Administer oaths or affirmations for individuals executing affidavits
- Certify true copies of documents, excluding most vital records (see Legal Considerations for more information)
- Acknowledging signatures on documents such as Powers of Attorney
Before conducting notarial services, consular officers are required to: verify that the individual requesting the notarial service has appeared before him or her; establish the identity of the person requesting the service; ascertain that the person requesting the service understands the nature, language and consequences of the document to be notarized; and establish that the person is not acting under duress. At present, each notarial service costs $50.
If you need the certification of copies of documents please, bring both originals and copies with you. The Consular staff can also make copies for you; the fee is $1 per page.
The Consular Section cannot provide Apostilles or certified copies of academic credentials. For more information please, refer to the Judicial Assistance page on the U.S. Department of State website.
For information concerning remote notarial and authentication services, we direct you to the following recently updated Department of State webpage. Please note that remote notarial services may only be provided in accordance with the laws and regulations of the U.S. state that commissioned the notary public and the laws of the state or country where the document is notarized.
Please make an appointment before you visit the Consular Section.
What to Expect When You Visit the Embassy
We suggest arriving 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for security checks at the Embassy entrance.
When you arrive, let the guards know that you have an appointment with the American Citizen Services Unit. You will be asked to show photo ID.
Our guards will check your belongings. Cameras, mobile phones and other electronic devices are not allowed inside the Embassy.
Consulate guards are not allowed to store laptops or other large electronic devices. Please do not bring any laptops or other large electronic devices to your appointment.