Notarial Services

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

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.

To find out more information on how to obtain apostilles through the U.S. Department of State you may visit their website at: or through the mail at:

U.S. Department of State
Authentications Office
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20431
(202) 485-8000