URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE (September 4, 2020)
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are only offering a limited number of notarial appointments to U.S. citizens for urgent need and encourage you to pursue other options when possible.
For documents such as mortgage, claim, power of attorney, etc., based on the Hague Treaty entered into force for the United States on October 15, 1981, an option might be to have your signature notarized by a German notary public with an apostille affixed by the appropriate German authorities for recognition in the United States. However, we advise you to check with the receiving party in the United States first to ascertain the apostille will be accepted.
Please see the links to the right of this announcement to make an appointment.
Types of Notarials
An Acknowledgement of Execution is used for legal agreements, deeds, powers of attorney, bills of sale, business documents, corporate acknowledgements, etc. for use in the United States.
An Affidavit is a sworn statement, made by you. Write out the statement you wish to make, but do not sign the form.
For us to notarize your documents, you must:
- Have a government-issued photo ID, e.g. a passport
- Understand your document, as we are not allowed to explain the contents to you
- Have filled in the document with the appropriate names, places and dates
- NOT sign it; you’ll sign it at the Embassy or Consulate in front of the notary.
In the case of a Marriage Affidavit, please bring
- divorce papers if you have been married before.
Getting Married? You may need to make an appointment for a notarial service.
All foreigners marrying in Germany require an “Ehefähigkeitszeugnis” which is a Certificate of Free Status stating that you are legally free to marry. To fulfill this requirement, U.S. citizens are required to take an oath at the U.S. Consulate in Frankfurt or the U.S. Embassy in Berlin attesting to their marital status. Residents of Bavaria may take the oath on this document directly at the Standesamt and do not need to come to the Consulate. This document is then submitted by the Standesamt to the responsible German court which will issue an exemption to the requirement for an “Ehefähigkeitszeugnis”.
For more information, see our page on Getting Married.
Please bring the original document with you.
The fee is $50 for each notarization. If you have a document that contains multiple signature blocks and multiple places for notarization, the fee is $50 per notarization signature / seal.
We cannot authenticate U.S. documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates, etc. Under the Hague Convention, an Apostille by a U.S. clerk of court of a State Secretary or State certifies the authenticity of a U.S. document.
Please note that we cannot authenticate any academic credentials.
U.S. banks or mutual fund companies often require signature guarantees. Unfortunately, we cannot legally perform a signature guarantee. Please check with your bank or stock company, here or in the U.S., for additional information.