- Documents We Notarize
- Documents We Do Not Notarize
- Fees for Notary Services
- Scheduling an Appointment for Notarial Services Embassy London
- Scheduling an Appointment for Notarial Services Consulate General Belfast
- Scheduling an Appointment For Notarial Services Consulate General Edinburgh
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Notarial Services are by appointment only. We are closed to the public on U.S. and U.K. public Holidays. New appointments are released on a rolling basis every Friday morning up to four weeks in advance.
Remember: The ACS Unit staff cannot serve as witnesses, so if your document requires them, you need to bring your own (along with their proof of identity). Once you have booked your appointment, please contact us through our contact form to provide the full names of your witnesses and the date of your appointment.
To help you further prepare for your appointment and find your way to the U.S. Embassy in London, please also see our appointment guide (PDF 316 KB).
Scheduling an Appointment for all Notarial Services
Canceling an Appointment for all Notarial Services
If your plans have changed and you need to postpone or cancel your appointment, that’s no problem. But please let us know immediately by clicking here, selecting “cancel appointment,” and following the instructions that appear on the screen. By alerting us in advance, you’ll allow us to serve someone else in your place.
Notarization Through the British System
If your requirement is a matter of urgency and you are unable to obtain a notary appointment at the Embassy, you may consider going through the British system for notarial services. Documents notarized in this way are acceptable for use in the U. S. as they comply with the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. Notarization under this system is a two-step process.
Step 1: Have your documents signed in front of a Solicitor or Notary Public. Locate one near you through the Notary Society.
Step 2: Next, have the documents legalized by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO). The FCO will legalize documents by means of an ‘Apostille’ (the legal term for the legalization certificate). In addition to documents witnessed by notaries public and solicitors, documents such as UK public records (birth, death, and marriage certificates; probate documents; all documents certified by court officials, the Patent Office, and Companies Registration Office, etc.) can be legalized at the FCO.
For further details, please see the FCO’s Legalisation webpage. Documents that comply with the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents are entitled to recognition in any other Convention country without further authentication. Such recognition is an obligation on the part of the United States to the other countries party to the Convention, and the Federal courts and state authorities have been alerted to this obligation.
For more information on the Hague Convention, please visit http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/legal-considerations/judicial/authentication-of-documents/notarial-and-authentication-apostille.html