Remote notarization (AKA webcam notarization, online notarization, or virtual notarization) may fulfil your need for notary services more quickly. Remote notarization allows for notarization of documents using audio-visual technology over the internet. Many states accept documents notarized through online services. You will need to research whether they can be used in the state where your document will be filed and if any special conditions apply. For more information and to find an online notary please visit the website of the National Notary Association.
Notarial services at the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico are for all nationalities and are by appointment only. 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.
Some notarial services may be performed free of charge: see item number 45 of the State Department’s Schedule of Fees for Consular Services. (PDF, 268K)
The U.S. Consular Agency in Los Cabos suspended routine American Citizen services starting March 18, 2020, and until further notice. Limited emergency passport, consular report of birth abroad, and notarial services are available at Consulate General Tijuana.
Please write ConAgencyOaxaca@state.gov to schedule a routine appointment.
Playa Del Carmen
San Miguel de Allende
On the day of your appointment, you must:
DS-3053: To notarize a DS-3053 Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport To a Minor Under Age 16 (PDF, 345K), please review the instructions listed on the form, the information fields that must be completed, and bring your original, valid, government-issued photo ID as well as a photocopy of both sides. As the U.S. Department of State requires that this form be notarized, this service is performed free of charge.
Power of Attorney (in conjunction with U.S. passport applications): When both parents are unable to be personally present to apply for a minor’s U.S. passport, and they wish to designate a third party to do so, they may sign a power of attorney (POA) before a notary public. This POA must contain specific data fields; see a sample. Note that photocopies of both sides of each parents’ original, valid, government-issued photo ID must be included with the POA. As the U.S. Department of State requires that this form be notarized, this service is performed free of charge.
At the Direct Request of a U.S. Municipal, State or Federal Entity
At the Direct Request of a Foreign Government: For example, if Mexico’s Secretary of Foreign Relations requests that the Embassy or Consulate notarize documents to be used to collect child support in the United States. Or, if a Mexican state migrant assistance agency requests the Embassy or Consulate notarize a document for a parent to request a child’s birth certificate, see a sample.
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 was issued.
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.