A growing number of states accept documents notarized online, making it a convenient and efficient option. If you need documentation notarized for use in the United States, we strongly suggest that you research whether the state in which your documents will be filed accepts documents notarized remotely. The U.S. Embassy and Consulates do not provide online notaries.
Information on Indian Notaries
In some cases, individuals residing in India may wish to seek the services of an Indian notary. To learn more about providers of notarial services in India, please visit the Indian Ministry of Law website.
Notarization at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate
Before you decide to try to book an appointment for a notary service at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, it is vital you check whether we are able to notarize your type of document.
Documents that we CAN notarize
Affidavit/sworn statement (including for registering marriages); Letter or Form; Power of Attorney; Financial or real estate transaction documentation (such as assignment of lease, bill of sale, closing affidavit, disbursement instructions, grant, or warranty deed)
Before you attend your appointment, make sure that you understand the contents of the document. The consular officer cannot explain documents to you, assemble documents, or provide legal advice on their preparation. If your documents are not ready for signature, you will be required to book and attend a new appointment.
Therefore, it is important that you bring your documents fully completed, assembled and ready for notarization with instructions from the end user in the state of jurisdiction and without any missing pages. Do not sign the document.
If you require a “no objection certificate” to register your marriage in India, we can provide a fillable affidavit at the time of interview.
Statement of consent for your child's passport application (DS-3053)
When a child under the age of 16 applies for a U.S. passport service, the child and both parents are typically required to appear in person. If you are not able to attend their passport appointment in person, you may submit a notarized Statement of Consent, Form DS-3053.
Services at the Embassy and Consulates are by appointment only. When you attend your appointment, you must present your government-issued photo I.D. (such as your U.S or foreign passport, driving license or military I.D) together with the Form DS-3053.
There is no fee for this service.
True copy of a U.S. passport
A consular officer can take a true copy of a U.S. passport. Anyone can present the passport to be copied, provided they have an appointment. The appointment must be made in the name of the person attending.
You must bring the passport and a good quality color photocopy of the biographical data page of the passport (the page with the photograph). If you are attending on behalf of someone else, make sure you also bring your own form of photo ID such as your passport or driver’s license.
Certification of U.S. Savings Bonds
Visit savingsbonds.gov for general information and a Savings Bonds calculator. You cannot present U.S. Savings Bonds for immediate payment while you are abroad. You must execute a request for payment in the presence of a qualified witnessing official and then mail the bonds to the appropriate authority in the United States to request that a dollar check (cheque) is mailed to you.
You can execute a request for payment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Services are by appointment only. You must present the unsigned bonds at your appointment. You will be asked to show your passport as proof of identification. If the name in your passport differs from that on the bond, you must also present evidence of the name change, such as a marriage certificate.
After your signature has been witnessed, the bonds should be forwarded for payment to the United States. It can take up to three months for receipt of payment. Visit the Department of Treasury’s website for information about how to send the signed and certified bonds to the Treasury Retail Securities Site in the United States.
If you are a U.S. citizen: Prepare a signed statement to be sent to the United States with the bonds. This statement should include your passport number, date and place of birth, country of residence, and the name and address of the authority to which you pay taxes.
If you are a citizen of a country with a tax treaty with the United States (such as India):
You should complete IRS FORM W-8 to claim exemption from the U.S. tax on the bond(s) interest and send the form to the Treasury Retail Securities Site in the U.S. along with the bonds. Visit the Department of Treasury’s website to obtain IRS Form W-8 and more information.
Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) Form W-7
If you are applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and need to have your identification verified before sending your application to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States, this service is available through IRS authorized acceptance agents or by attending an appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
You must bring your passport and a good quality color photocopy of the biographical data page of your passport (the page with your photograph) with you to your notarial appointment at the Embassy or Consulate.
For specific information about ITIN, please contact IRS directly.
Notary and other services that we CANNOT provide
Apostille or legalization of a U.S. birth, marriage, divorce or death certificate
U.S. Embassies and Consulates do not have the authority to affix an apostille to U.S. documents so please do not book an appointment for this reason.
The Secretary of State in the state where the document was issued is authorized to affix the apostille on a U.S. birth, marriage or death certificate. You can find the contact details you need with a quick online search. The apostille will officially authenticate the signature and seal of your state issued certificate for use in another country party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
If you wish to apostille a U.S. issued document click here.
Apostille or legalization of Indian issued documents
Certified copy of academic credentials
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide this service so please do not book an appointment for this reason. You should contact the issuing educational institution for guidance. More information can be found on the Department of State’s website.
Criminal background check
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide this service so please do not book an appointment for this reason.
Medallion signature guarantee
A consular officer cannot perform a Medallion Signature Guarantee (which is a financial institution’s guarantee that an investor’s signature is genuine as well as its acceptance of any liability for any forgery within the securities transfer instruction). Please do not schedule an appointment for this reason.
General questions about Medallion Signature Guarantees should be directed to the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Assistance, by email to email@example.com, by phone at 1-800-SEC-0330, or by mail to 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20549-0213.
Obtain copies of U.S. vital records (certified copies of birth, marriage, divorce or death certificates)
Fees for notary services at U.S. Embassies and Consulates
- Notary services incur a fee of $50 per consular seal. Please bear this in mind if you have multiple documents that need to be notarized, or if your document requires multiple signatures from a consular officer. For example, if your documents require the Consular Officer to sign and acknowledge your signature three times, you will be charged $150.
- There is no fee for certifying Form DS-3053 (Statement of Consent in connection with a child’s passport application).
For information on payment for notarial services, click here.
Appointment availability is limited. If no appointments are available when you first check the online calendar, keep checking for newly released and cancelled appointments. Make sure you use the arrow key to check future months.
We do not operate a wait list and we offer extremely limited emergency appointments. If you need a notarial service urgently and no appointments are available, see the information at the top of this webpage about alternative notary options.
How to book a notary appointment
Appointments can only be booked through the online calendar. It operates in real-time on a first-come, first-served basis. The calendar shows all available appointments, including any new appointments and any appointments released due to cancelations. No appointments are available on evenings, weekends, or U.S. or Indian public holidays.
How to arrange for witnesses to accompany you
If you are not sure if your document requires witnesses after reading any associated instructions, contact your legal adviser.
Embassy and Consulate staff and customers cannot act as witnesses so if your document requires witnesses, you will need to arrange for them to accompany you to your appointment. Do not book a separate appointment for your witnesses.
Once you have booked your notary appointment, please contact us to provide your full name, the full names of your witnesses, and the date and time of your appointment.
Each witness must bring a form of photo ID, such as their passport or driver’s license. You and your witnesses must not sign the documents needing notarization until you are directed to do so during the appointment.
How to prepare for your appointment, what to take with you, and directions
Please click on the type of document that you are having notarized from the list in the ‘Documents that we CAN notarize’ section above for guidance.
- Bring the document(s) to be notarized, an accepted payment method, and your passport or other government issued photo ID such as your driver’s license.
- If the name on the document to be notarized does not match the name on your photo ID, you should also bring official proof of name change.
- Any witnesses will need to bring their photo ID.
Remember, you must read your document carefully before attending your appointment as it is vital that you understand what you will be signing.
You (and your witnesses if applicable) must not sign the document(s) that you need notarizing until you are directed to do so during the appointment.