Consular officials at any U.S. embassy or consulate abroad can provide a service similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. Like a notary public, the consular official must require the personal appearance of the person requesting the notarial service; establish the identity of the person requesting the service; establish that the person understands the nature, language and consequences of the document to be notarized; and establish that the person is not acting under duress. In addition to the usual functions of notaries related to oaths, affidavits and acknowledgments, U.S. consular officials authenticate documents, a governmental act, which is not performed by notaries in the United States.
Notarial services at U.S. Embassy Nassau are by appointment only. Please see information on how to schedule an appointment. Notarial fees are currently $50.00 per each signature of the U.S. Consul on your document(s). Payment may be made in cash, in U.S. dollars or Bahamian dollars (the currencies cannot be mixed), by credit card [Mastercard or Visa], or by bank draft payable to “U.S. Embassy Nassau.” We do not accept personal checks.
In the United States, each state issues apostilles for its own documents. For example, a California birth certificate must be authenticated with a California apostille. Similarly, a New York death certificate must be authenticated by an apostille issued by the state of New York. Each state maintains a website explaining how to obtain an apostille. Find the apostille authority in your state.
To authenticate a U.S. document for use in The Bahamas or Turks and Caicos Islands, you must first obtain an apostille from the state that issued your document in the United States. Examples of such documents are birth, death and marriages records. A state-issued document with an apostille does not require additional certification by the U.S. Department of State or legalization by a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas to be recognized in a participating country. For more information, click here.