Notary FAQs

Consular officers perform most services customarily provided by Notaries Public in the United States. Visit our website for a list of our notarial services.

No, consular officers are unable to act as your witness. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide his or her own witnesses.

Yes, we perform notarial services for non-American citizens – but only if the notarial is for use in the United States. You must schedule an appointment for notarial services.

No, the individual who will sign the document must appear in person for this service.

The embassy does not issue criminal background checks and does not provide fingerprinting services. Go to your local police department where you last resided in the United States, request that the police conduct a criminal records search and provide you with a document reflecting that there is no history of a criminal record. Local police departments may require your personal appearance in order to conduct the search. The document should be authenticated for use abroad following our guidance on authentication or legalization of documents.