Notarial Services

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

Please note that staring on August 14th, 2017 you will need an appointment for ALL Consular Services. We will not accept appointments more than 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after the scheduled appointment time.

Notarial services include taking oaths and acknowledgment of signatures. If you would like to apply for the service, please have in mind the following:

-The individual who will sign the document must appear in person with proof of identity (we accept valid passports or government-issued ID’s).

-The document needs to be provided by the person who is applying for the service, and must be unsigned. We do not provide notarial services on documents sent directly to this office.

-Understanding the contents of the document. The person who signs needs to understand the document that is signing since consular staff cannot explain its content or provide advice.

-Witnesses. If the documents require witnesses, the person who is applying for the service will need to bring them with a proof of identity.

-Cost. The cost is not based on the service but by the number of signatures needed, which has a cost of $50 USD each; meaning that if the document requires multiple signature blocks, the fee is $50 per notarization signature/seal. Please note that fees may be paid at the Consular Section’s Cashier either in cash or the following credit cards: MasterCard, VISA, Discover/NOVUS, American Express, or Diner’s Club. Payment by check, money orders or debit card is not accepted.

U.S. consular officers do not have the authority to authenticate U.S. or Salvadoran public documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, court decrees, and school transcripts.

However, the United States and El Salvador both are parties to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. This international convention establishes a streamlined procedure for authenticating public documents originating in one country and required for use in another. Member countries recognize the officials designated by other member country to authenticate public documents. This authentication is called APOSTILLE. In El Salvador, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares apostille for Salvadoran documents that are to be used abroad.

The section of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which performs this service is the Sección Auténticas y Apostillado, located at the following addresses.

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.