The following documents cannot be notarized at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate
Apostille/Legalize U.S. Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death Certificates
U.S. Embassies and Consulates do not have the authority to affix an “apostille” to American documents. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. The Secretary of State in the State where the document was issued is authorized to affix the Apostille on a birth/death certificate. The apostille will officially authenticate the signature and seal of your state issued certificate for use in another country.
Certified Copy of Academic Credentials
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide this service. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. Please contact the issuing educational institution. More information is available from the Department of State website here.
Criminal Background Check
The Embassy and Consulates do not provide this service. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. Information about obtaining an FBI Records Check, obtaining a UK Police Certificate (known as an ACRO) or fingerprinting services in the United Kingdom is available from the Embassy website here.
Medallion Signature Guarantee
A consular officer cannot perform a Medallion Signature Guarantee (which is a financial institution’s guarantee that an investor’s signature is genuine as well as its acceptance of any liability for any forgery within the securities transfer instruction.) Please do not schedule an appointment for this.
For more information, see the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website.
General questions about Medallion Signature Guarantees should be directed to the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Assistance, by email to email@example.com, by phone at 1-800-SEC-0330, by fax at 202-772-9295, or by mail to 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20549-0213.
The following firms provide Medallion Signature Guarantees:
Note: The U.S. Embassy London assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department of State or U.S. Embassy London. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance.
Financial institutions in the United Kingdom that are connected to U.S. or Canadian banks may be able to offer a Medallion Signature Guarantee to existing customers.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7490 4935
Fax: +44 (0)20 7490 4936
Address: 8 Vestry Street, London, N1 7RE
Fraser and Fraser, International Probate Researchers
Tel: +44 (0)20 7832 1400
Fax: +44 (0)20 7832 1450
Address: 39 Hatton Garden, London, EC1N 8EH
Lester Aldridge LLP
Tel: +44 (0)1202 786161
Fax: +44 (0)1202 786110
Address: Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8EX
IWC Estate Planning and Management Ltd
Redmayne Bentley LLP
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 714456 or 57
Address: 139 Commercial Road, Ashley Cross, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0JD
Share Data Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1403 271170
Fax: +44 (0) 1403 272377
Address: 1A South Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1NR
Title Research LTD
Tel: +44 (0)345 8727600
Fax: +44 (0)333 2075011
Address: Title Research, Spectrum House, Bond Street, Bristol, BS1 3LG
Obtain Copies of U.S. Vital Records
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide copies of U.S. vital records. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. In order to obtain any state government issued document concerning birth, death, marriage or divorce, you may order one from the website of the National Center for Health Statistics.