Notarial Services

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Notarial services and authentications will be offered at the U.S. Embassy

By appointment during the afternoon only.

Make sure you bring all the documentation required the day of the appointment.

U.S. consular officers may perform notarial and authentication services similar to those performed by a public notary in the United States. These services are offered to any person regardless of nationality.

Notarial Services

Our notarial services include:

  • Taking acknowledgments of signatures on documents to be used in the U.S.
  • Executing affidavits and protests of negotiable papers.
  • Taking depositions.

Requirements

  • Document to be notarized (either for use in the United States or to be signed by U.S. citizen).
  • Personal appearance of the person requesting the notarial services.
  • Official Photo Identification (Passport, DPI, driver’s license).
  • If witnesses are required, you should bring them
  • Fee payment (to pay at U.S. Embassy).
    • The fee for notarial services is $50, for each signature of the consular officer.
    • It can be paid in cash, (in Quetzales or US dollars), or with a credit card.
    • We do not accept checks or torn, marked or stained dollar bills.
    • If you are paying with cash, please bring exact change.

During the notarization process the officer will:

  • Confirm your identity
  • Establish that you understand the nature, language and consequences of the document to be notarized; and are not acting under duress.
  • Conduct an oath or affirmation that the contents are true to best of your knowledge.

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

Av. Reforma 4-17 Zona 10

Ciudad de Guatemala

Phone (502) 2410-0000

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.

Certifying Passport True Copies

         Requirements

  • Passport to be certified
  • One photocopy (if you don’t bring the photocopy, we can get one for you at the embassy, with a cost of $1)
  • Fee payment (to pay at U.S. Embassy):
    • $50 per passport.
    • It can be paid in cash (Quetzales or US dollars), with credit or debit card.
    • We do not accept checks or torn, marked or stained dollar bills.
    • If you are paying with cash, please bring exact change.

To make an appointment

Go to Appointment System

Appointments for notarial services will be Monday through Thursday in the afternoon

ONLY

Please take note that we will only accept a maximum of 5 documents to notarize per appointment.

Must of the documents will be ready within the same day.