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.

Notarial services are for all nationalities and are by appointment only; click here. 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, at the Embassy or Consulate on your day of appointment, for each notary seal required. Some notarial services may be performed free of charge; see pages 6, 7 and 8 of the State Department’s Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (PDF, 268K).

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. See our list of permitted and prohibited items.

On the day of your appointment, you must:

  • 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.

The U.S. Embassy and Consulates General do not provide apostille services. If you need a U.S. birth certificate apostilled, you must follow instructions for the state where the child was born. You may visit this comprehensive list of state websites for how to request a birth certificate. To apostille a U.S. birth certificate, you must follow the instructions listed on the individual state’s website.

See information about minors traveling without both parents, including sample authorization documents.

Examples of Notarial Services Performed At No Charge:

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 States 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 States 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.