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Notarial services are available for all nationalities by appointment

Notarial Appointments

Due to limited appointment availability for a notarial service at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates, we encourage you to consider whether your document can be notarized online or by a local Mexican notary. Most U.S. states accept documents notarized online. Visit the website of the National Association of Secretaries of State. If you choose an online notary, we encourage you to research whether they can be used in the state where your document will be filed and if any special conditions apply. 

Notarial services at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico are for all nationalities and are by appointment only. Appointment availability is extremely limited and we are not able to offer emergency notarial appointments. Normally the document to be notarized is for use within the United States, although there may be exceptions. If you have multiple documents to be notarized, you should only make one appointment. You will pay $50 USD on your day of appointment for each notary seal required. 

Schedule a notarial service appointment 

The day of your appointment:

      • Bring the complete, unsigned documents to be notarized. Even if there are pages that do not require signature or seals, you must present the entire packet.
      • Present a valid government-issued ID such as a passport, driver’s license, Mexican voter (IFE or INE) card, matrícula consular, etc. The name on the documents must be the same as the name on your ID.
      • Pay $50 USD per notary seal (payment accepted in cash – U.S. dollars, Mexican pesos, or major credit card).
      • Be of sound mind and understand the document you want notarized. Consular staff is not permitted to explain contents to you.
      • If your notary service requires a witness, you must arrange for your own witnesses. Consular staff cannot witness your documents.
      • Click for different types of notarial and authentication services.

Examples of Notarial Services Performed At No Charge:  Some notarial services may be performed free of charge — State Department’s Schedule of Fees for Consular Services, item 45. (PDF, 268K)


The U.S. Embassy and its consulates do not issue apostilles.  An apostille must be obtained from either the state or federal authority in the United States that issued the document.

Apostille information for documents originating in Mexico City (for example, birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, and documents executed by Mexican notary publics) can be found here.

Apostille information for documents executed by schools, universities, and documents issued by the Secretary of Public Education in Mexico City can be found here.