Consular officers act as notaries for U.S. citizens and for non-U.S. citizens with documents to be used in the United States. Notarial services require an appointment at the Embassy.
Please review these facts before your visit for this service;
- The fee is $50 per notarial signature, payment can be made in cash or by credit card. Personal checks are not accepted.
- You will need valid identification such as valid passport or drivers license.
- Your name must be spelled correctly in the document/s and your name must match the identification that you are presenting.
- Please review your document/s and identify all places where the notary needs to sign. Mark these with a paperclip or other.
- If you are signing as an officer of a corporation you must also provide adequate proof of your corporate identity.
- You need to schedule an appointment for this service.
- If your document has a space for witness signatures, you must provide witnesses in order to complete the notary service. Embassy staff cannot serve as witnesses, and we are not able to notarize a document requiring witness signatures without that section completed.
- If more than one person needs to attend the appointment, you must send us an email at email@example.com listing your name, the date of your appointment and the complete names of who will be attending the appointment or they will not be allowed in and you will have to reschedule your appointment.
Types of notarial services:
A marriage affidavit is your own sworn statement that you are eligible to be married. You must be present at the Embassy to sign in front of the notary and you need to book an appointment for this service. Bring your valid U.S. passport. The $50.00 fee is payable in cash or by credit card.
An Apostille can be obtained by contacting the Secretary of State in the State where the document was issued. The Embassy can not perform this service. Please contact the Secretary of State in the U.S.
Certified copies for ITIN Tax Application
In connection with an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for the IRS, a certified copy of your passport is required. The Embassy may issue a certified copy of your passport in person at the Embassy, please make an appointment. The fee is $50, payable in cash or credit card. Personal checks are not acceptable. You must bring your passport to the Embassy for your appointment. You may choose to request this service by mail. Please follow the directions under "Service By Mail" below.
Authentication of Norwegian Officials
The consular officer may place a seal over, or authenticate, the seal of a foreign authority whose seal is on file with the American Embassy. Your document needs to have been signed by a local Notary Public (Notariul Publicus), City Judge (Tingrett), District Judge (Sorenskriver) or Sheriff (Lensmann). Documents stamped by the police department may not be authenticated.
Verification of Translations
The consular officer may authenticate the stamp and signature of a translation for translator who is registered as such with the Norwegian government and whose signature is on file with the Embassy. Please visit http://norway.usembassy.gov/root/pdfs/list-of-translators.pdf for the list of translators we have on file. Once you have your document translated, you may follow the instructions for authentication by mail, or schedule a notarial appointment to come to the Embassy in person.
If you are an authorized translator who wishes to be added to the list, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Authentication Service at the Embassy
Authentication can be done by mail or in person at the Embassy. There is a fee per Notarial signature. If paying at the Embassy cash or by credit card is accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.
U.S. Savings Bonds
For general information on U.S. Savings Bonds, see http://www.savingsbonds.gov/ which also has this handy Savings Bonds calculator.
U.S. Savings Bonds cannot be presented for immediate payment while the owner is abroad. The owner must execute a request for payment in the presence of a qualified witnessing official and then mail the bonds to an appropriate authority in the United States. A dollar check will then be mailed to the owner of the bonds. You can execute a request for payment at the Embassy, by appointment only. You will need an appointment for this service. You must present a passport as proof of identification. If the name in your passport differs from that on the bond, you must present evidence of a name change, such as a marriage certificate.
You can execute FORM PD 1522 (4-page PDF/160Kb) in the presence of any solicitor or notary public. After your signature has been witnessed, the bonds should be forwarded for payment to the United States. It can take up to three months for receipt of payment. Send the signed and certified bonds to either of these addresses:
Federal Reserve Bank of Pittsburgh
P.O. Box 867
Pittsburgh, PA 15230
Bureau of the Public Debt
P.O. Box 7012
Parkersburg, WV 26106-7012
Service by Mail
If you are authenticating your document or requesting a certified copy by mail, please send a bankremisse, (available at any Norwegian bank), with a fee per notarial signature or certified copy, made payable to the U.S. Embassy. Please send a large, self-addressed envelope with NOK 140 worth of stamps so that we may return your documents by registered mail. Please send your items by registered mail to: U.S. Embassy, U.S. Citizen Services, Henrik Ibsens gate 48, 0244 Oslo.
IMPORTANT: Due to constant changes in the exchange rate, please be sure to check the current rate on the day you go to the bank to ensure you get the correct bankremisse amount.
Medallion Signature Guarantee: The Embassy does not issue Medallion Signature Guarantees. More information.