The U.S. Embassy in Bucharest provides a variety of notarial services by appointment only. Notary services are available to all U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals for documents destined to be used in the United States. Please review the information below concerning the type of notarial services we provide before you make your appointment online. If the type of notarial service you are requesting can be provided by the Embassy, you must schedule an appointment online.
What do you need?
- Bring a government-issued photo ID, e.g. a passport.
- Understand your document, as we are not allowed to explain the contents to you.
- Don’t sign it; you’ll sign it at the Embassy in front of the notary.
- The fee is $50 for each notarial seal. We accept cash payments in US dollars or Romanian lei. We cannot accept checks, but we do accept credit cards. You may pay using your VISA, Mastercard, Discover, Diners Club or American Express card. Please be advised that due to intermittent network connection issues we are sometimes unable to process credit card payments. There are no ATMs on site. To avoid potential delays in service, we encourage you to bring sufficient cash with you in the event that we are unable to process your payment via credit card.
- If your document requires the presence of witnesses in addition to the notarization, you must supply these witnesses. Our staff cannot act as witnesses.
Please be aware that the consular officer may refuse a notarial service when:
- The host country does not authorize the performance of the service.
- The document will be used in transactions that may be prohibited by U.S. law.
- The officer believes that the document will be used for a purpose that is unlawful, improper, or inimical to the best interests of the United States.
- The officer believes the customer does not understand the document to be notarized, due to language or any other reason.
Types of notarials:
An Acknowledgement of Execution is used for legal agreements, deeds, powers of attorney, bills of sale, business documents, corporate acknowledgements, etc. for use in the United States. We are not allowed to advise you on the specific language of these documents. Please, consult an attorney if necessary.
An affidavit is a sworn statement, made by you. Write the statement you wish to make, but do not sign the form.
Affidavit (notarized statement) that the American citizen is free to marry (Certificat de Cutuma). The affidavit is obtained from the US Embassy in Bucharest (the American Citizen Services Unit in the Consular Section). The fee is 50.00 USD and the US passport must be presented when signing the affidavit.
Please bring the original document with you. The Embassy cannot provide certified true copies of vital records from the United States, educational transcripts or diplomas, bank statements, court documents, or other such official records. Such requests should usually be addressed to the office which issued the document in question. For example, certified true copies of academic records should be requested from the registrar of the institution that originally issued them.
We are able to provide certification of foreign passports for use with individual tax ID number per IRS new procedures.
We cannot authenticate U.S. documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates, etc. Under the Hague Convention, an Apostille certificate from a State Secretary or Governor of the state where the document was issued certifies the authenticity of a U.S. document. A list of authorities who can affix an apostille to a U.S. document is available on the website of the Hague Convention at: US Authorities, under the heading “Officers of the Individual States”.
Please note that we cannot authenticate any academic credentials.
U.S. banks or mutual fund companies often require signature guarantees. Unfortunately, we cannot legally perform a signature guarantee. Please check with your bank or stock company, here or in the U.S., for additional information.
Information on Romanian Notaries
ACS encourages clients who require Romanian notarials for documents to visit the website (look for the English button on the front of the home page) of the National Union of Notaries Public from Romania for more information about types of notarials, fees and locations of notary offices.
Non-U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents requesting notarials on documents to be used outside of the United States (i.e., Romania or elsewhere) should request such services from their home government/embassy and/or as specified by the relevant procedures.