Documents We Notarize

Only certain documents can be notarized at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate for use in the United States.

Prepare your document(s): Be sure to complete the document(s) as much as possible before the appointment but do not sign the document! 

This service is by appointment only.  

Ensure that you understand the contents of the document. A consular officer cannot explain it to you.

Please bring your documents fully completed, without any missing pages, assembled and ready for notarization.  Bring instructions from the end user in the state of jurisdiction. We cannot assemble your documents for you or provide legal advice on their preparation.   If your documents are not ready for signature, you may be asked to make a new appointment.

  Do NOT sign the document !!

Example of a General Power of Attorney form (PDF 218Kb)

Example of a Limited Power of Attorney form (PDF 118Kb)

Example of a Sworn Statement/Affidavit form (PDF 84Kb)

For general information on U.S. Savings Bonds, see www.savingsbonds.gov which also has this handy Savings Bonds calculator.

Redeeming bonds from abroad: U.S. Savings Bonds cannot be presented for immediate payment while the owner is abroad.  The owner must execute a request for payment in the presence of a qualified witnessing official and then mail the bonds to an appropriate authority in the United States.  A dollar check will then be mailed to the owner of the bonds.

You can execute a request for payment at the Embassy, by appointment only.  

You must present a passport as proof of identification.  If the name in your passport differs from that on the bond, you must present evidence of a name change, such as a marriage certificate.

Do not sign the document!

After your signature has been witnessed, the bonds should be forwarded for payment to the United States.  It can take up to three months for receipt of payment.  Send the signed and certified bonds to either of these addresses:

Federal Reserve                         or                                Bank of Pittsburgh Bureau of the Public Debt
P.O. Box 867                                                                P.O. Box 7012
Pittsburgh, PA 15230                                                     Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012

Tax information 

If you are a U.S. citizen, you should prepare a signed statement to be sent to the United States with the bonds.  This statement should include your passport number, date and place of birth, country of residence, and the name and address of the authority to which taxes are paid.

If you are a citizen of a country with a tax treaty with the United States (such as the United Kingdom), you should complete IRS FORM W-8 to claim exemption from the U.S. tax on the bond(s) interest.  Submit this form along with the bonds.  IRS FORM W-8 is available online at irs.gov (1-page PDF/90Kb).

Ensure that you understand the contents of the document. A consular officer cannot explain it to you.

Please bring your documents fully completed, without any missing pages, assembled and ready for notarization.  Bring instructions from the end user in the state of jurisdiction. We cannot assemble your documents for you or provide legal advice on their preparation.   If your documents are not ready for signature, you may be asked to make a new appointment.

Do not sign the document!

Example of a General Power of Attorney form (PDF 218Kb)

Example of a Limited Power of Attorney form (PDF 118Kb)

 

Ensure that you understand the contents of the document. A Consular Officer cannot explain it to you. Please bring your documents fully completed, without any missing pages, assembled and ready for notarization.  Bring instructions from the end user in the state of jurisdiction. The Embassy cannot assemble your documents for you or provide legal advice on their preparation.   If your documents are not ready for signature, you may be asked to make a new appointment.

Prepare your document(s)

Be sure to complete the document(s) as much as possible before the appointment.

    Do NOT sign the document!

Example of a Sworn Statement/Affidavit form (PDF 84Kb)

 

Ensure that you understand the contents of the document. A consular officer cannot explain it to you. Please bring your documents fully completed, without any missing pages, assembled and ready for notarizationDo not sign the document! Bring instructions from the end user in the state of jurisdiction. We cannot assemble your documents for you or provide legal advice on their preparation.   If your documents are not ready for signature, you may be asked to make a new appointment.

A consular officer can take a true copy of a U.S. passport.  Any person may present the passport to be copied.  The appointment must be made in the name of the person attending.

If you are applying for a passport service for a child under 16, and only one parent is able to appear, the absent parent may furnish a notarized Statement of Consent, Form DS-3053.   You must present your government-issued photo I.D. (such as your U.S or foreign passport, driving license or military I.D) together with the Form DS-3053.

There is no fee for this service.

If you are applying for an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and need to have your identification verified before sending your application to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the United States, please note:

This service is available through IRS authorized acceptance agents.  Detailed information is available from the IRS website at:

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/acceptance-agent-program

https://www.irs.gov/individuals/acceptance-agents-united-kingdom

Alternatively, you may schedule a regular notary appointment at the Embassy in London.   Please note that our appointments are very limited and can only be scheduled via the online booking system.

  • If you attend an appointment at the Embassy, you must bring your passport and a color photocopy of the bio page; and 
  • There is a $50 fee for each copy that you require.

For specific information about ITIN, please contact the IRS directly at www.irs.gov.

Scheduling an Appointment at the Consulate General in Belfast

Please follow the instructions under Scheduling an Appointment for Notarial Services Consulate General Belfast

Scheduling an Appointment at the Consulate General in Edinburgh

Please follow the instructions under Scheduling an Appointment For Notarial Services Consulate General Edinburgh