Please arrive on time for your appointment and no more than 15 minutes early. If you arrive late by 30 minutes or more, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. In addition, please ensure that you bring requisite funds for payment of the fees, the typed and printed application form completely filled out, and all required supporting documents. If you arrive with incomplete forms or insufficient funds to pay the fees, you may be asked to reschedule your appointment. Please click here for security information to enter the Embassy.
Notarial services are for all nationalities and are by appointment only. Normally the document to be notarized is for use within the United States, although there may be exceptions. If you have multiple documents to be notarized, you should only make one appointment. You will pay $50 USD, at the Embassy or Consulate on your day of appointment, for each notary seal required.
On the day of your appointment, you must:
DS-3053: To notarize a DS-3053 Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport To a Minor Under Age 16 (PDF, 345K), please review the instructions listed on the form, the information fields that must be completed, and bring your original, valid, government-issued photo ID as well as a photocopy of both sides. As the U.S. Department of State requires that this form be notarized, this service is performed free of charge.
Power of Attorney (in conjunction with U.S. passport applications): When both parents are unable to be personally present to apply for a minor’s U.S. passport, and they wish to designate a third party to do so, they may sign a power of attorney (POA) before a notary public. This POA must contain specific data fields; see a sample. Note that photocopies of both sides of each parents’ original, valid, government-issued photo ID must be included with the POA. As the U.S. Department of State requires that this form be notarized, this service is performed free of charge.
At the Direct Request of a U.S. Municipal, State or Federal Entity
At the Direct Request of a Foreign Government
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Notarial services will be offered at the U.S. Embassy
Make sure you bring all the documentation required the day of the appointment.
Our notarial services include:
Power of attorney – for legal matters only (Under the COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to accept requests for the notarization of a POA for minors traveling alone.)
If you are paying with cash, please bring exact change.
During the notarization process the officer will:
Authentication of Documents
The United States and Guatemala are both parties to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (Hague Apostille Convention). This Convention eliminates the requirement for diplomatic and consular authentication of public documents originating in one country party to the Convention that a requester intends to use in another country. This authentication is called APOSTILLE. In Guatemala, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares apostille for Guatemalan documents that are to be used abroad.
The section of the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs which performs this service is the Departamento de Auténticas de la Dirección General de Asuntos Jurídicos, located at the following address:
Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (MINEX)
Av. Reforma 4-17 Zona 10
Ciudad de Guatemala
Phone (502) 2410-0000
MINEX also offers electronic apostille services: https://apostilla.minex.gob.gt/
U.S. consular officers do not have the authority to authenticate U.S. or Guatemalan public documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, court decrees, school transcripts nor signatures of attorneys and certified translators.
If you need U.S. federal documents apostilled to use in Guatemala you need to contact the Office of Authentication in the Department of State:
If you need U.S. state documents apostilled to use in Guatemala you need to contact the Secretary of State’s Office of the state in which the document was issued (Birth Certificates, Marriage Licenses, Divorce Decrees, school documents, and notarized documents).
Please take note that we will only accept a maximum of 5 documents to notarize per appointment.
Most of the documents will be ready within the same day.