Notarial Services

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Notarial Services

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan provides limited notarial services for the public.  Such services include acknowledgement of signature on documents and affirmation or oath for affidavits and other documents (please see details below).  The fee for each use of the consular seal is USD 50.

Please note: The Embassy is not authorized to legalize, certify or verify the authenticity of, make a certified copy of, or otherwise place a stamp or apostille on either Armenian- or U.S.-issued documents.  For more information about apostilles, please see below.

Although U.S. Embassies do not provide remote notarial nor authentication services, this method of notarization currently is permitted in some form in many U.S. states. Refer to your specific State Notary Handbook (generally available online) for more information. Some states currently notarize documents. U.S. Department of State forms such as DS-3053 (Statement of Consent for the Issuance of a Passport to a Child under the Age of 16) that have been notarized electronically are acceptable provided the notarization was completed in accordance with the laws and regulations policies of the U.S. state that commissioned the notary public and the laws of the state or country where the document is notarized.

All American Citizen Services visitors should schedule your appointment on-line. All visitors to U.S. Embassy Yerevan must follow the Republic of Armenia’s COVID-19 requirements which require individuals entering Armenia via the airport or land border to provide documentation of vaccination against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to arrival, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival, or submit to testing upon arrival and self-isolate until test results are received.  Additionally, all visitors to the U.S. Embassy for any consular services must wear a face mask. Individuals without a face mask will not be permitted to enter the U.S. Embassy and will have to reschedule their appointment.

Services We Provide

Acknowledgement

To “acknowledge” is to admit, affirm, or declare; to recognize one’s acts, assuming obligation or incurring responsibility. For example, if you sign a deed or power of attorney before a notarizing officer, you acknowledge your signature.

Affidavit

An affidavit is a written or printed declaration or statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it, taken before an officer having authority to administer such an oath.

For more information about notarial services at U.S. embassies and consulates overseas, please see the Department of State’s website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/records-and-authentications/authenticate-your-document/Notarial-Authentication-Services-Consular.html.

Marriage Acknowledgement Forms

An American citizen who wishes to marry an Armenian citizen must complete a form (in English and Armenian) stating that he/she is legally free to marry. A Consular Officer must notarize this form.  For more information and the downloadable forms, please see https://am.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/child-family-matters/marriage/.

Services We Do Not Provide

Apostille

Apostilles authenticate the seals and signatures of officials on public documents such as birth certificates, court orders, or any other document issued by a public authority so that they can be recognized in foreign countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.  U.S. embassies and consulates are NOT authorized to authenticate, verify, certify, or place an apostille on U.S.- or Armenian-issued documents.  This includes U.S.-issued birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates, as well as academic credentials from U.S. educational institutions.

For information on obtaining an apostille for a U.S. document, please see the Department of State’s website at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/records-and-authentications/authenticate-your-document/apostille-requirements.html.  Armenia and the United States are both party to the 1961 Hague Convention Treaty.  Federally issued documents for use in countries that are members of the 1961 Hague Convention may be authenticated with an apostille issued by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C.

For information on obtaining an authentication of American academic credentials for use abroad, please see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/records-and-authentications/authenticate-your-document/authentication-of-american-academic-credentials.html

For information on obtaining an apostille for an Armenian document, please turn to the Ministry of Justice of Armenia for assistance.