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All individuals requiring notary services will be attended only by appointment.
- Similar to a public notary in the U.S, the consular official requires the personal appearance of the person requesting the notary service.
- Notary services may be performed for any person regardless of nationality as long as the document is to be used within the Jurisdiction of the United States.
- Proof of identity is required (i.e. passport)
Notarial Services Fees:
- First service (seal $50.00)
- Each additional seal provided at the same time in connection with the same transaction ($50.00)
- Certification of a True Copy or that No Record of an Official File can be Located (by a post abroad):
- First copy ($50.00)
- Each additional copy provided at the same time ($50.00)
Note: All fees are paid in cash only with US dollars or the equivalent in local currency Maluti or Rand
Examples of notary services we provide include:
- Acknowledgment: To “acknowledge” is to admit, affirm, or declare; to recognize one’s acts, assuming obligation or incurring responsibility. For example, if you sign a deed before a consular officer, you acknowledge your signature.
- Affidavit: A written or printed declaration or statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it, taken before a consular officer having authority to administer such an oath.
- Oath (or affirmation): Any form of an attestation by which a person signifies that he or she is bound in conscience to perform an act faithfully and truthfully. A person who intentionally makes false statements under oath before a U.S. consular official is punishable for perjury. Affirmation is a solemn and formal declaration that an affidavit is true, that the witness will tell the truth, etc.
- Power of Attorney: allows you to designate someone to take legal actions on your behalf. A common example of this is empowering someone else to buy or sell property in the United States in your name while you are overseas. We cannot advise you on the specific language or content of a power of attorney, so you may wish to consult a lawyer or other appropriate advisor before coming to see us to have your power of attorney notarized.You can use our blank power of attorney form or you may use one supplied to you by your attorney, bank, or company. You will need to sign it in front of a Consular Officer.
Services the US Embassy cannot provide:
Due to government regulations, we cannot provide services regarding vital records (birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, police records, etc). You should obtain a copy of the document from the custodian of records in the State or jurisdiction that holds the records. Also you may obtain copies of Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, Naturalization Certificates.
- Apostilles (authentications). An apostille must be obtained from either the state or federal authority in which the U.S. document was issued. For instructions on how to receive an U.S. apostille stamp on a document, please visit the following websites: Department of State’s Authentications Office & www.nass.org
- Criminal Records checks. United States nationals can obtain criminal records checks from their local police in their State of residence in the United States.
- Signature Guarantees (“Medallion”). Consular officers are not authorized to provide signature guarantee/medallion guarantee service. A Medallion Signature Guarantee is not a notarial service, but rather a special procedure related to securities, which can only be performed by an authorized representative.
Preparation for a notary appointment:
- Bring a valid government-issued photo ID. Such as U.S. passport
- Make sure you understand your document. We are not allowed to explain the document’s contents to you.
- Please complete the document with the appropriate names, before you arrive (Do not sign the form; you will sign it at the Embassy in front of a Consular officer).
- Please mark the pages where you and the notary need to sign. The Consular staff cannot advise you in any way on what is required of you for your documents, please come to the appointment fully prepared.
- Pay the appropriate fee. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars or local currency Maluti or Rand
- If your document requires the presence of witnesses in addition to the notarization, you are responsible for providing these witnesses. Consular staff cannot act as witnesses.