Notarial Services

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 are offered at U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo by appointment only

On Mondays and Wednesdays (except when on Dominican or U.S. holidays) at 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 pm

To make an appointment go to online booking system

Please be sure to read all the information listed below and bring required identification and documentation with you to the appointment.

-Choose the date and time of appointment
-Receive immediate confirmation and print the confirmation page
-Present the printed confirmation page to consular officials the day of your appointment, as well as your official and valid form of identification

 

Notarial and authentication services are one of the oldest traditional U.S. consular functions, dating back to 1792.  U.S. consular officers overseas may perform notarial services similar to those performed by a public notary in the United States. This service is available to U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals who need to have documents notarized for use in the United States.  Notarial services are provided by appointment only.  Please note that persons seeking notarial services who do not have an appointment will not be granted access to the Embassy.

Notarial Services are offered for:

  • Deeds
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Bills of sale
  • True copies of U.S. passports
  • Forms DS-3053-Statement of Consent: Issuance of US Passport to a Minor. Please print form from this link and bring your Form DS-3053 with the top section completed and NOT signed.  Also bring your passport or cedula and a copy as identification and be prepared to pay a U.S. $50.00/100 pesos fee per each Notarial stamp required.
  • Sworn affidavits:  A sworn statement prepared and provided by the affiant (you).  Affidavits are used in many different situations for many different purposes.  We cannot prepare affidavits, and we cannot advise on the specific language needed in individual cases.  Please consult a lawyer or other advisor for that type of assistance before bringing affidavits to be executed.
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request forms.

Requirements

  • Document to be notarized (either for use in the United States or to be signed by U.S. citizen). A notarizing officer cannot draft legal documents for private persons.  For help, please consult a lawyer or other advisor for assistance.
  • Official and valid Photo Identification (Passport, Cedula, driver’s license).
  • Personal appearance of the person requesting the notarial services.
  • If witnesses are required, you should bring them and they must have valid identification. Consular officers and staff cannot act as witnesses.
  • Fee payment (to pay American Citizen Services Unit cashier).
    • The fee for notarial services is $50 per each consular seal.
    • It can be paid in cash (Dominican Pesos or U.S. dollars) or with a credit card.
    • We do not accept checks or torn, marked or stained pesos or dollar bills nor debit cards.

On the day of the appointment, Notarial customers must:

  • Appear at the American Citizens Services Unit, Consular Section, at 1:30 pm with the required identification and photocopy and all documents to be notarized.
  • Read the information on the sign above the ticket machine next to the stairs and then take a numbered ticket.
  • Proceed to the second floor and take a seat until called by number.
  • Follow consular officials’ instructions for the next steps in the process.

During the notarization process the officer will:

  • Confirm your identity.
  • Establish that you understand the nature, language and consequences of the document to be notarized, and are not acting under duress.
  • Conduct an oath or affirmation that the contents are true to the best of your knowledge.

Notarial Services NOT offered, due to government regulations in the following instances:

  • Notarization/authentication of U.S. State-issued documents, also known as APOSTILLES.  This includes U.S. State-issued Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates and Divorce Decrees.  Apostilles for U.S. documents to be used in the Dominican Republic can be obtained by the Secretary of State of the U.S. state where the document was issued.  A list of contact information for each state can be found at The Hague Convention website.
  • Notarization/legalization/authentication of U.S. academic credentials.  Contact the issuing educational institution for authentication.
  • Certified or “true copies” of original, non-U.S. documents to be used in the United States.
  • Certified copies of Naturalization Certificates.  Please visit the USCIS website for more information.
  • Certified copies of U.S. State Department Certificates of Report of Birth Abroad (CRBAs).  Please click here for more information.
  • Certified true copies of Social Security statements. Please contact the Social Security Office.
  • Validation of driver’s licenses.  Please contact the Department of Motor Vehicles of the state that issued your driver’s license in the chart on this Wikipedia page.
  • Certification of Other U.S. State-issued documents.  Please click here for more information.

Authentication of Documents

The United States and the Dominican Republic are both parties to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents (Hague Apostille Convention). This Convention eliminates the requirement for diplomatic and consular authentication of public documents originating in one country (party to the Convention) that a requester intends to use in another country.  This authentication is called APOSTILLE. In the Dominican Republic, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares apostille for Dominican documents that are to be used abroad.

The section of the Dominican Ministry of Foreign Affairs which performs this service is the Department of Document Authentications located at the following address:

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Dirección de Legalización de Documentos
Avenida Independencia No.752 Estancia San Gerónimo, Santo Domingo, R. D.
Horario laboral: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
809.987.7001 Ext: 7638, 7386, 7607, 7608 / 809.535.6280
relexteriores@mirex.gob.do

 

U.S. consular officers do not have the authority to authenticate Dominican public documents such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, court decrees, school transcripts nor signatures of foreign ministers, attorneys and certified translators.

Authentications of the U.S. Consular officer’s seal

It is sometimes necessary for legal purposes to have the seal and signature of a U. S. consular official further authenticated by a higher authority. The Department of State’s Authentications Office can perform this function. The Authentications Office is located at:

Physical Address:

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
600 19th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Mailing Address:

Office of Authentications
U.S. Department of State
CA/PPT/S/TO/AUT
44132 Mercure Circle
PO Box 1206
Sterling, VA 20166-1206

Phone:  202-485-8000

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST
Monday through Friday

Appointment Services:

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday through Friday

The office is closed on federal holidays.