Notarial Services

Notary Services are available by appointment only.  Set up your appointment using the link to the appointment site elsewhere on this page.  These appointments are exclusively for notary services, not for visa services, not for social security services, nor for any other consular service.

For Social Security information please check our Social Security page.
For Visa Services appointments check our Visa pages.

With the exception of the Affidavit of Civil Status, we only notarize documents for presentation in the United States.  We cannot provide notary services on an emergency, or walk-in basis and you must come with all documents properly prepared for the notary to sign.

How to prepare for your visit to the Consulate General for a notarial service:

  • Before you come to the Consulate General review your document(s) carefully and make sure you understand the document(s). If a document is not clear, check with the office or organization requiring the notarized document or your legal adviser. Consular staff can’t explain your document(s) to you.  IMPORTANT: If your name is pre-printed in your document, make sure it matches the name in your identity document exactly. A name discrepancy may prohibit the Consular Officer from notarizing your document.
  • Mark every page where the notary needs to sign, with a marker or a sticker protruding from the right side of the document. Clarify which pages should be attached to each other. E.g., if pages are marked 1 of 3, 2 of 3 and 3 of 3, clip them together with a paper clip. These pages will be grommeted together at the Consulate.
  • Fill in the document(s) with the appropriate names, places and dates and other information. However, DO NOT SIGN your document(s). You will be asked to sign under oath at the Consulate General, in front of the Notarizing Officer.
  • Set up an appointment. See the box called “an appointment is required” on the right.
  • Witnesses – If your document requires witnesses, you must bring them with you.  The Consulate prefers to perform notarial service without witnesses due to waiting room space limitations, but you can bring up to two witnesses, on one appointment, if your document requires it. Consular staff or other customers cannot serve as witnesses or help you find a witness. Witnesses can’t be relatives, and must present a passport to enter the Consulate. If your document requires, but you fail to bring your witness(es), you will need to reschedule the appointment. If your document has a space for a witness to sign, but you did not bring one, you can either make a new appointment or proceed without witnesses and the Consulate will prepare the document as such.
  • Bring a valid government-issued photo ID. A passport is best. Make sure your name in your document matches the name in your identity document.
  • Bring your entire document(s), even if only one page is to be notarized.
  • The Notary Services fee must be paid in cash, euro or dollars, or by credit card. PIN payments cannot be processed. Click here to go to our consular services fees and payment instructions page. Note that the fee must be paid for each time a notarizing officer must put a signature on your document(s).
  • Arrive on time.  Try to be at the Consulate at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.  If you miss your slot we must ask you to reschedule.

Double check to ensure you have your document(s) fully prepared!  Remember, do NOT sign until the consular officer asks you to do so.

Please follow the above instructions very carefully.  If you cannot make it to your appointment, please cancel it or e-mail us to cancel it for you.  Thank you.

If you come unprepared, we will not be able to help you and must ask you to reschedule.


Types of Notarials Available

A power of attorney allows you to empower someone to act in your place. Blank Power of Attorney forms (PDF 28KB) can be downloaded, or you may use one supplied to you by your attorney, bank or company. Please fill out the form before you come to our office, but DO NOT SIGN it in advance.

An affidavit is a sworn statement, made by you. Using our blank form (PDF 73KB), write out the statement you wish to make, but DO NOT SIGN it. We cannot advise you on the specific language needed in your Affidavit, please consult a lawyer or other legal advisor for that type of assistance before coming to us to notarize the document.

For information and instructions for this service, click here.

In most cases, both parents must appear and sign the passport application form before a Consular Officer. In the event that one parent cannot appear before a Consular Officer, a notarized Statement of Consent (click to download form DS-3053) must be signed and submitted with the passport application.

An administration of oath is used on documents that require a sworn affidavit (PDF 33KB).

An Acknowledgement of Execution (PDF 72KB) is used for legal agreements, business documents, etc.  It is also used when more than two signatures are required, but not all of the parties who must sign the document are present. We can only acknowledge (notarize) the signatures of those present to sign the document in front of us and verify that they have signed the document.

We can’t help you with signature guarantees. Consular Officers are not authorized to provide a signature guarantee/medallion guarantee services. A Medallion Signature Guarantee is not a notary service, but a special procedure related to securities, which can only be performed by an authorized representative of a financial institution participating in a medallion program approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be contacted at www.sec.gov.

U.S. passports – A true copy of your U.S. passport can be made. Please make an appointment, bring your passport and the appropriate fee.

Foreign passports – We can only make a true copy of a foreign passport if you must apply for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN). Please make an appointment, bring your passport and the appropriate fee. We CANNOT make true copies of foreign passports for any other purpose than in support of the ITIN application.

When presenting U.S. Saving Bonds for notarization, please use the form available at: http://www.treasurydirect.gov/forms/sav1522.pdf (PDF 115kb) to prepare for your visit to the Consulate General.