Each notarial service requires an appointment, which is scheduled online.
Preparation For A Notary Appointment
- Bring a valid government-issued photo ID (passport, U.S. state driver’s license, or military ID card).
- Make sure you understand your document. We are not allowed to explain the contents to you.
- You must present all pages of a document.
- Please complete the document with the names, places, and dates before you arrive.
- Do not sign the form. You will sign it in front of a Consular Officer. We cannot notarize blank documents, or documents missing pages.
- Please mark where you and the notary need to sign. The Consular staff cannot advise you.
- $50 fee per notary seal in the document. CASH ONLY, payable in U.S. Dollars or euros at the Embassy’s exchange rate.
- If your document requires witnesses, you are responsible for providing these witnesses. Please include your witnesses’ name on your appointment request. Consular staff are prohibited from serving as witnesses.
Authenticating Documents Issued In Kosovo
As of July 14, 2016, Kosovo has joined the Hague “Apostille Convention”. Countries that are party to the treaty recognize the Apostilles from all other member countries (including Kosovo and the United States) without need for authentication by any other authority.
U.S. Embassies do NOT have the authority to affix an Apostille to documents issued in Kosovo, the United States or in other countries. Please do not schedule an appointment for this service. To obtain an authentication of a Kosovo document, please contact the Kosovo Competent Authority: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Department for Consular Affairs and Ministry of Internal Affairs / Civil Registration Agency accordingly. For contact information please click here.
Authenticating Documents Issued In The United States
The U.S. Embassy CANNOT, by law, under any circumstances, authenticate a U.S. document. This includes birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, educational records, driver’s licenses and etc., regardless of whether the documents have been notarized in the United States. Under the Hague Convention on Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, an “Apostille” by a U.S. clerk of court of a State Secretary or State is the official certification of authenticity of a U.S. document.
To authenticate a document for use in a country where the “Apostille Convention” is in force, like Kosovo, visit the U.S. Department of State Apostille Requirements website.
To expedite processing, please bring all necessary documents and witnesses.