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Notarial Services
 

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. Appointments are available Monday through Thursday from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Please review the information below before you make your appointment, to insure that we can provide the service that you are requesting. Once you reviewed the relevant information, please follow this link to set your appointment: Appointment System.   

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 notarization. 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.
  • 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.
  • The officer believes the customer does not understand the document to be notarized, due to language or any other reason.

Types of notarials:

Acknowledgement

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.

Affidavit

An affidavit is a sworn statement, made by you. Write the statement you wish to make, but do not sign the form.

Marriage Affidavit

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.

Certified Photocopy

Please bring the original document with you. The Embassy cannot provide certified true copies of 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.

Authentication

We cannot authenticate U.S. documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates, etc. Under the Hague Convention, an Apostille (PDF - 77kb) by a State Secretary or State 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 State".

Please note that we cannot authenticate any academic credentials.

Signature Guarantees

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.

If you have questions, please write to us at ACSBucharest@state.gov.

Notice for Visitors to the Consulate

To ensure everyone's security, you may not bring the following items into the Consulate:

  • electronic devices, including cell telephones
  • large backpacks and suitcases
  • glass containers
  • weapons of any type

Please leave these items at home or make arrangements for their storage before arriving at the Embassy.  The Embassy has no capacity to store your devices. 

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