Notarial Services

Last Updated: August 10, 2021

An appointment is required for notarial services. Please schedule your appointment here: NOTARIAL SERVICES APPOINTMENT

Consular officers can provide notarial services similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. Notaries are not lawyers. In the United States, notaries are empowered to administer oaths and affirmations, and to take affidavits and acknowledgements.

Any person, from any nationality, is welcome to request notarial services at the U.S. Embassy; however, the notarized documents will only be valid in the United States. The person signing the document must appear in person at the Embassy, provide a valid photo ID, and fully understand what he/she is signing.

The cost for a notarial service is $50 per notarial signature.

The notarial service is free only if:

• Signing Form DS-3053 Version 2016
• Affidavit of support required for immigrant visa applications
• At the request of direct hire U.S. Government personnel, Peace Corps volunteers, or their dependents stationed or traveling officially in a foreign country
• At the direct request of any Federal Government agency, any state or local government, the District of Columbia, or any of the territories or possession of the United States

The ACS Unit can:

Acknowledge signatures on documents such as:
• Deeds
• Power of Attorney
• Wills
• Trademark applications; transfer of copyright ownership; execution of an assignment, grant or conveyance of a patent or an application for a patent

Administer oaths or affirmations on documents such as:
• Affidavits of support
• Declaration of events/facts
• Declaration of true copies

Certify true copies of:
• U.S. Passport
• Documents at the direct request of the Social Security Administration (SSA)
• Salvadoran passport and DUI at the direct request of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in order to obtain an ITIN number

The ACS Unit cannot:

• Prepare the legal document that needs to be notarized
• Apostille or authenticate any document (federal or state)
• Provide a medallion signature
• Certify copies of citizenship or Naturalization Certificates
• Certify copies of state issuance copies: birth certificate, school records, police records, driver’s license, or civil registry records
• Provide remote notarial nor authentication services. However, this method of notarization currently is permitted in some form in many U.S. states. Refer to your specific State Notary Handbook (generally available online) for more information. Some states currently notarize documents. U.S. Department of State forms such as DS-3053 (Statement of Consent for the Issuance of a Passport to a Child under the Age of 16) that have been notarized electronically are acceptable provided the notarization was completed in accordance with the laws and regulations policies of the U.S. state that commissioned the notary public and the laws of the state or country where the document is notarized.

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Authentications issues both apostilles and authentication certificates for federal documents for use abroad:

Contact the Office of Authentications

Physical Address:
Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Mailing Address:
Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
44132 Mercure Circle PO BOX 1206 Sterling, VA 20166-1206

Phone #: 202 485-8000

In accordance with 22 CFR, Part 131, the Office of Authentications provides signed certificates of authenticity for a variety of documents to individuals, institutions, and government agencies.
Examples of documents that may require authentication for use abroad include:
• Consular Report of Birth Abroad
• Naturalization Certificate
• Consular Report of Death Abroad
• Loss of Nationality Certificate
• Company bylaws
• Powers of attorney
• Trademarks
• Diplomas
• Treaties
• Warrants
• Extraditions
• Agreements
• Certificates of good standing
• Courier letters

If you need state-issued documents such as birth certificates or school, police, or civil registry records to be apostilled or authenticated, please refer to the Office of Vital Records for that specific state. Note: only the state that issues the document can apostille it. (For example, a person born in the state of Texas can only get a new birth certificate from Texas, and only Texas can issue an apostille for this document.)

Additional Resources:

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

We offer notarial services for U.S. Citizens, Salvadoran Citizens and other nationalities for documents written in English that will take effect in the United States. To apply for the service, please schedule an appointment at the following link: TRAVEL.STATE.GOV Appointment System

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Hague Convention Authorities

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MFA) Chancery
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Calle El Pedregal, Blvd. Cancillería 500 mts. al poniente del Campus II de la Universidad “Dr. Jose Matías Delgado”,Edificio 1, Nivel 1, Ciudad Merliot, Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad.
Tel. (503) 2231-1000 / 2231-2900 / 2231-1309 / 2231-1383
Fax (503) 2243-9656

Dirección General de Asuntos Consulares
Oficina de Auténticas, Apostillas, Visas y Pasaportes
Tel. (503) 2231-1158 / 2231-1335

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Branches)

Sucursal Centro de Gobierno
Oficina de Trámites Registrales
Final 17 Ave. Norte, Edificio 4 – 1era Planta
San Salvador, San Salvador
Tel. (503) 2222-4447 / 2221-2300

Sucursal Centro Comercial “LAS CASCADAS”
2º Nivel Local 219 / Ave. Jerusalén
Oficina de Auténticas y Apostillas
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad
Tel. (503) 2231-1176 / 2243-8493

Sucursal SANTA ANA
Oficina de Auténticas y Apostillas
Calle Libertad, 9 / 11 Ave. Norte
Santa Ana, Santa Ana
Tel. (503) 2447-1836 / 2447-1684

Oficina de Auténticas y Apostillas
Gobernación Política Departamental
Barrio El Centro
4ª Calle Poniente / 1ª Ave. Norte # 201
San Miguel, San Miguel
Tel. (503) 2660-4575 / 2660-4576

In the United States, each state has designated an apostille authority, usually the Office of the Secretary of State or Lieutenant Governor.

The American Citizen Services unit can provide title and addresses for the designated apostille authorities in the United States. You are welcome to stop by the American Citizen Services unit to obtain this information, or you may wish to search the Internet for the official site of the U.S. state in which the document was issued and then look for “authentication” or “apostille”.

Check for the most recent information under Messages for U.S. Citizens.