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Notarial Services

Notarial Services

The American Citizen Services Unit provides notary services similar to those performed by a notary public in the United States.  This service is available to U.S. citizens and to foreign citizens who need to have documents notarized for use in the United States.

Notary services are provided by appointment only.  Keep reading to find out what services we can provide, as well as for information on how to schedule an appointment.  Please note that persons seeking notary services who do not have an appointment will not be granted access to the Embassy, and that notarial services are not handled on an emergency basis.

Services we can provide

Please review the following list to determine whether the U.S. Embassy can perform your requested notarial service.

We can notarize:

  • Deeds
  • Powers of attorney
  • Bills of sale
  • Affidavit of Single Status (also known as Certificado de soltería)
  • True copies (U.S. passports and U.S. pilot licenses)
  • Sworn affidavits:  A sworn statement, prepared 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.

Due to government regulations, we cannot provide the following notary services:

  • Notarization/legalization/authentication of U.S. State-issued documents, also known as apostilles.  This includes U.S. Birth Certificates, Marriage Certificates, Death Certificates and Divorce Decrees.  Apostilles for U.S. documents to be used in Peru 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 copies ("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 Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBAs).  Please click here for more information.
  • True copies of Social Security statements.

Requirements for the day of your appointment

  • Personal appearance of the person requesting the notarial service.
  • The document to be notarized.  A notarizing officer cannot draft legal documents for private persons.  For help, please consult a lawyer or other advisor for assistance.
  • A valid passport or photo ID issued by a government agency: a driver's license, passport, Peruvian DNI are acceptable, but a student ID is not.
  • When a document requires your signature, your identity document must both match the full name on the document to be notarized and also bear your current signature.
  • If your document must also be witnessed, please bring your own witnesses according to the requirements of the state where the documents are going to be used.  Consular officers and staff cannot act as witnesses.
  • Fee: US$50.00 for each seal needed on the document.  Payment is made on the day of the appointment, at the Embassy.  The fee can be paid in cash (in U.S. Dollars or Peruvian Nuevos Soles), or with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diner's Card).  We are not authorized to accept personal checks, money orders or banker's drafts.

How to schedule an appointment

We are open for appointments Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The American Citizen Services Unit is closed to the public on U.S. and Peruvian Holidays, as well as the last Wednesday of every month.

Please click here to schedule or cancel an appointment.

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