Non-US citizens requiring notarization of documents for submission in the USA may use the notary service of the US Embassy/Consulate.
URGENT COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have canceled all notarial appointments until further notice. We may only provide notarial services for critical needs (*). Please continue to monitor our website for updates.
During our closure, you may find the following information on potential alternatives to U.S. notarization helpful.
In case of:
(*) Critical needs usually refers to an emergency situation. If you think you qualify for an emergency appointment, please send a message to GermanyACS@state.gov (for an appointment in Frankfurt), ACSBerlin@state.gov (for an appointment in Berlin), ConsMunich@state.gov (for an appointment in Munich) and we will review your request.
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. This document may be obtained by making an appointment for a notarial service at the Consulate General in Frankfurt. For notarial service at the U.S. Embassy Berlin click HERE. Residents of Bavaria may take the oath on this document directly at the Standesamt and do not need to come to the Consulate.
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.