Notarial Services

If you are in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region or seeking services from U.S. Consulate General Erbil, please click here.

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Notarial services for documents destined for use in the United States are available in the Consular Section of U.S. Embassy Baghdad by appointment only.

You will need to bring:

  • A valid passport or photo identity document;
  • The document to be notarized;
  • $50.00, in U.S. currency, per signature/seal;
  • If your document must be witnessed, please bring your witnesses with you.  Consular officers and staff are not permitted to act as witnesses for notary purposes.

Please note that we are not permitted to notarize academic records. For more information , please see the Department of State’s information about certification of academic records.

Important Note

The Consular Section CANNOT notarize any state-issued documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, academic records, or any other document previously notarized in the United States. Such documents need to be first notarized by the Department of State, Authentications Office in Washington, D.C. and then by the Embassy or Consulate of the country in which the documents will be used.

Types of Notarial Services

Acknowledgements: An acknowledgement is the consular officer’s declaration that the named individual has appeared before him/her and has acknowledged that the signature on a document is the person’s own. Acknowledgements are often made on documents such as deeds, mortgages, contracts for sale of land, and powers of attorney. Some states use an attestation in lieu of an acknowledgment. An attestation is a declaration by an individual that he/she witnessed the execution of a document.

Affidavits: An affidavit is a written statement or declaration sworn to or affirmed before a consular officer. The individual seeking the affidavit must demonstrate that he/she understand the contents of the document, and is signing/swearing/affirming of his/her own free will.

Please be aware that the consular officer may refuse any notary service when (1) the host country does not authorize the performance of the service, (2) the document will be used in transactions that may be prohibited by U.S. law, or (3) 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.

Consular officers are prohibited from giving legal advice.

Please go to the Appointments page to schedule a notarial service.