Notary services are available to all U.S. passport holders and foreign nationals for documents destined to be used in the United States. The fee is 50 U.S. dollars (USD), or the Nigerian Naira (NGN) equivalent, for each notary seal stamp administered. The NGN to USD exchange rate may vary. All services must be paid for upfront in cash. We do not accept any form of card payment or personal checks. Consent forms for Consular services and notarials or certified copies to be presented by claimants, beneficiaries, or their witnesses in connection with obtaining U.S. Federal, state, or municipal benefits are free of charge if notarized at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate, although individuals may also choose to have them notarized by a Notary Public in the United States.
Preparation for a notary appointment
- Before you come to the Embassy/Consulate, read your document(s) through carefully and make sure you understand the document(s). If a document is not clear, check with the office or organization requiring the notarized document or your legal advisor. Consular staff cannot explain your document(s) to you..
- Know exactly where you are meant to sign. The Consular staff cannot advise you in any way on what is required of you for your document, so come to the Embassy/Consulate fully prepared.
- Mark every page where the notary needs to sign with a marker sticker sticking out of the document. Also make clear which pages should be attached to each other, for instance with a paper clip.
- Fill in the document(s) with the appropriate names, places, and dates. However, DO NOT sign your document – you will sign under oath at the Embassy/Consulate before a Consular Officer.
- Bring personal identification, preferably your passport. Photocopies of identification documents, damaged identification documents, altered identification documents, and identification documents with no photo or with photos that are not sufficient to identify you are not acceptable. The name listed in your identification document must exactly match your name as listed on the document you wish to notarize. If your name is listed differently on your currently valid photo identification than on the document you wish to notarize, please bring an old photo identification (which can be expired) that lists your name exactly as it appears on the document. If you do not bring a currently valid photo identification that exactly matches your name in the document to be notarized (or a currently valid photo identification and an additional photo identification that lists your name exactly as in the document), you will have to schedule another notarial appointment.
- Bring the entire document(s), even if only one page is to be notarized.
- Appointments are necessary for notarial services in Abuja and Lagos.
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