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Notarials
Services we provide

The U.S. Embassy in Berlin and the U.S. Consulates General in Frankfurt and Munich provide a service similar to the functions of a public notary in the United States.  People of any nationality may use our notarial services. However, appointment availability is extremely limited at this time, so it is important that you are aware of other options for getting your documents notarized.

NOTARY SERVICES AT THE U.S. EMBASSY AND CONSULATES

Please read the following instructions before scheduling an appointment. If you are unprepared for your notarial appointment, you may be required to make a new appointment on a later date. 

On the day of your appointment, you will need to: 

  • Appear in person and bring a valid government-issued photo ID (U.S. or foreign) with your signature (such as passport, driver’s license or ID card). The name on your identification must match your name on the document you need notarized. 
  • Bring the document(s) that need(s) your signature and it must beUNSIGNED. The document(s) will have to be signed before a consular officer. Even if there are pages that do not require signatures or seals, you must present the entire document(s). 
  • Ensure that documents are organized in page order and the documents (i.e. affidavit, deed, etc.)  that need the signatures with the notary seal are kept separate from each other with a paper clip. The embassy/consulate staff cannot assemble your documents for you or provide legal advice on their preparation. 
  • Ensure that you understand the content of your documents, where you need to sign, and which of your signatures need to be notarized, as our staff will not be able to explain these items to you.
    If you are signing on behalf of a corporation, bring appropriate documents showing your capacity to sign for the corporation. 
  • Verify in advance if your document requires witness(es). The consular staff cannot serve as witnesses. If your document requires the signature(s) of witness(es), you must bring your own (along with their proof of identity) on the day of your appointment. Please make sure they are legally qualified to serve as a witness (i.e., not a minor or incompetent). We will not be able to offer partial services. All those whose signatures, including witness(es), will be notarized at a particular post, must appear on the same day. 
  • Pay the fee for the notary service(s).  The services listed below cost $50.00 USD per consular seal. Fees are paid on the day of your appointment. Fees are accepted in the form of cash (U.S. dollars or euros) or credit card. We cannot accept payment by EC card. Notarial service fees are per seal and signature required, not per document notarized. Please note that chip and PIN card technology is not supported by embassy cashiering at this time. If your bank requires it, you will need to bring cash for your consular services. 
  • Be aware that the consular officer may refuse any notary service when: 
    • The host country does not authorize the performance of the service, 
    • The document will be used in transactions that may be prohibited by U.S. law, 
    • The officer believes that the document will be used for a purpose that is unlawful, improper, or inimical to the best interests of the United States, 
    • The officer does not understand the document due to language, the documents are incomplete, or any other reason.
    • The person does not understand the nature and language of the instrument and is unable to comprehend the significance of the act or appears to be acting under duress.

Make an Appointment for Notarial Services

Appointments are required for all services and locations. Please select your Embassy/Consulate to make an appointment:

U.S. Embassy Berlin
U.S. Consulate Frankfurt (Please indicate the number of notary signatures your document requires next to your given name.)
U.S. Consulate Munich

Important Information

What not to bring to your appointment

Visitors are not allowed to bring cell phones, laptops, tablets, and similar electronic devices onto the premises. Visitors carrying unauthorized objects will not be granted entry.

        1. To facilitate and speed up your entry into the compound we recommend you bring no large bags such as suitcases, backpacks, and packages.
        2. Baby food and/or essential medications (in plastic containers only, NO glass) should be brought to the attention of the guards.
        3. Once you enter the screening area, be prepared to remove all metallic items, together with your coat/jacket, belt, handbag/rucksack/briefcase, etc.