Notarial and Authentication Services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates

U.S. embassies and consulates provide notarial services like a notary public in the United States. A notary is someone who witnesses you sign a document.

In countries that are part of the Hague Convention, get a document notarized by a local notary. You can have the document authenticated for use in the United States. 

U.S. embassies and consulates may authenticate documents in countries not in the Hague Convention.

Check with the U.S. embassy and consulate on how to make an appointment for notarial services. These appointments are available for customers of all nationalities. Follow these tips:

  • You must appear in person so we can verify your identity and document.
  • Do not sign the document before your appointment.
  • You may need to bring someone to witness your signature in front of a U.S. consular officer.
  • We do not offer remote or virtual services. 
  • We charge a $50 fee for each consular seal we place on a document. You will need to pay on the day of your appointment.
  • Check with the embassy or consulate on the forms of payment they accept. 

Other information 

Some U.S. states may allow you to get a document notarized remotely. They may limit this practice to documents that are notarized in their physical jurisdiction. If you are in a foreign country and want a U.S. state to notarize your document, check with the U.S. state and foreign country to see if this is okay. 

Last Updated: April 18, 2024