Consular officials at any U.S. embassy or consulate abroad can provide a service similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. Like a notary public in the U.S., the consular official must require the personal appearance of the person requesting the notarial service; establish the identity of the person requesting the service; establish that the person understands the nature, language and consequences of the document to be notarized; and establish that the person is not acting under duress.
All notary services in the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh are by appointment only. Due to the high volume and demand for services, we cannot offer expedited appointments except in cases of true emergencies. Please read the requirements and review the types of notarial services offered below before booking your appointment.
Appointments must be made via the online appointment system; customers without an appointment will not be accommodated. Individuals needing notary services must appear in person at their scheduled appointment time, present proper photo identification (a valid passport or valid government issued identification) and pay the appropriate fees. If the document requires witnesses in addition to the notary, please note that you must bring your own witnesses to the Embassy. Due to space limitations, people not needed to sign documents during the notary service will not be able to accompany the applicant to the ACS section and should not come to the Embassy.
Do not sign the document until requested to do so by the notarizing officer. Depending on the nature of the document, the notarizing officer will either take an acknowledgement that your signature was done freely and with an understanding of the document's contents, or administer an oath whereby you swear or affirm the contents of a document are true. (Note: Notarizing officers do not certify that the contents of submitted documents are true. A notarizing officer only certitifies that you have signed and sworn or affirmed under oath that the contents are true.) Notarizing officers are prohibited from offering legal advice regarding the form or content of documents to be notarized. The embassy staff cannot complete the form or statement for you. You should clearly understand the document and the requirements set by your financial institution, government agency or attorney. We reserve the right to ask you to return at a later date/time if your documents are not prepared for notarization.
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An authentication is the placing of the consular seal over the seal of a foreign authority whose seal and signature is on file with the American embassy or consulate. A consular authentication in no way attests to the authenticity of the contents of a document but merely to the seal and signature of the issuing authority.
Authentication of American Academic Credentials for Use Abroad: U.S. embassies and consulates cannot authenticate diplomas or other documents from universities and other schools in the United States or provide notarial services related to such credentials. In an effort to be of assistance to persons who wish to present academic credentials from the United States for use abroad, the following link provides step-by-step guidance: http://travel.state.gov/law/judicial/judicial_5188.html#
Fees Per Notary Seal (Cash Only):
Notarial, Oath, or Acknowledgement $50.00 or SR190.00
Authentication $50.00 or SR190.00