Update: 23 July 2021
The COVID-19 Pandemic continues to adversely impact Embassy Dublin’s ability to provide routine, U.S. citizen services, including notary services and the wait time for this service is longer than normal. Applicants with more urgent need for a notary service than we are able to accommodate may find the following information on potential alternatives to U.S. notarization helpful.
In case of:
- A marriage affidavit: Please contact the local authorities regarding the possibility of accepting an Irish notarial signature or a waiver;
- A certified copy of a passport for IRS purpose: Please contact your tax advisor or IRS to check whether there is an alternative;
- Any other documents (mortgage, claim, power of attorney, etc.): Based on the Hague Treaty entered into force for the United States on October 15, 1981, an option might be to have your signature notarized by an Irish notary public with an apostille affixed by the appropriate Irish authorities for recognition in the United States. However, we advise you to check with the receiving party in the United States first to ascertain the apostille will be accepted.
Please note, the authority requiring the notarized document determines what is acceptable for its use. The list above are only suggestions, and may not be feasible in a given case.
Notaries Public in Ireland
To find a Notary Public in Ireland, please visit the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland website here.
Apostilles required by Irish authorities in order to get married in Ireland
The U.S. Embassy Dublin cannot complete Apostilles on U.S. issued birth certificates for the purpose of getting married in Ireland. The Secretary of State offices in each state have control of vital record documents, please contact your State’s Secretary of State office for instructions on how to get an Apostille.
Notary services at U.S. Embassy Dublin
The U.S. Embassy Dublin can only notarize documents intended for use in the United States. The U.S. Embassy Dublin can notarize a copy of your foreign passport for U.S. tax filing purposes, or documents in connection with U.S. visas, property, power of attorneys or other legal purposes. Please send an email to ACSDublin@state.gov for any items not listed or specific questions regarding the process.
Notarial services can be performed at the U.S. Embassy Dublin by appointment only and must be booked via our online appointment system. Please only make an appointment for a notarial service if you are confident you will have your documents ready in time for your appointment date. If you receive an e-mail confirmation of your appointment, there is no need to call or otherwise confirm your appointment.
You must attend an appointment at the U.S. Embassy Dublin in person and:
- Bring valid government-issued photo ID. See below “Identification required”.
- Bring the documents which need to be notarized. You must have read and understood your documents as we are not permitted to explain the contents to you.
- You must have filled in the document with the appropriate names, places and dates. However, DO NOT sign your document – the notary at the U.S. Embassy Dublin is required to witness your signature in person.
- If your document requires witnesses in addition to the notary, you must bring these witnesses with you to your appointment, and include their name(s) in your appointment request email. Our staff cannot serve as witnesses.
- You must bring all pages of the document to your appointment. Ensure that documents are organized, in order and clearly marked as to which parts require notarization, and which documents should be attached to each other.
- You must pay the appropriate fee: The fee is $50.00 for each notarized signature. Notary fees are currently payable by Euro bank draft/postal order or credit/debit card. Only write in the indicated area of the Euro bank draft/postal order. If you write on any other part of the Euro bank draft/postal order (your name/date of birth/cross the check) this will render the payment null and void and your appointment will have to be rescheduled. Payments made by credit or debit card are charged in U.S. dollars and the cardholder must be present to make the payment. The U.S. Embassy Dublin cannot accept personal checks
Government-issued photo identification such as a valid driver’s license or passport is required. If your name has changed due to marriage or divorce, and you do not have identification in either your married or divorced name, you must bring the original civil marriage certificate or divorce certificate as proof of your name change.
Types of Notaries
Acknowledgement: An acknowledgement of execution is used for legal agreements, deeds, powers of attorney, bills of sale, business documents, corporate acknowledgements, etc. for use in the United States.
A notarized acknowledgement signed by a consular officer for a current U.S. driver’s license can be provided for the purpose of applying for an Irish driver’s license.
Affidavit: An affidavit is a sworn statement made by you. Compose the statement you wish to make, but do not sign the document until the Consular Officer can witness your signature at your notary appointment.
Documents We Cannot Notarize
Please note that we cannot authenticate U.S. official documents such as birth certificates, marriages certificate, divorce decrees, death certificates etc. For more information please review the Authentication of U.S. State-issued Documents webpage.
Medallion Signature Guarantees: A consular officer cannot perform a Medallion Signature Guarantee (which is a special type of signature acknowledgement sometimes required for the exchange of securities). While some financial institutions may accept a document notarized by a consular officer at the U.S. Embassy, in lieu of a medallion signature, we would advise you obtain confirmation from the financial institution prior to arranging a notary service appointment.
For more information on Medallion Signature Guarantee, see the Securities and Exchange Commission’s website. General questions about Medallion Signature Guarantees should be directed to the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy online at https://www.sec.gov/fast-answers, by phone at 1-800-SEC-0330, by fax at 202-772-9295, or by mail to 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20549-0213.
DO NOT BRING ELECTRONICS TO YOUR U.S. EMBASSY APPOINTMENT. Please note that you cannot enter Embassy property with any electronics. This includes laptops, tablets, memory cards, flash drives, or other peripherals. If you have any of these items in your possession, you will be asked find a place to store them away from the Embassy or to return on another day. The Embassy has small lockers which can accommodate a cell phone. No other electronics may be placed in these lockers. Additionally, you are not permitted to bring large bags or luggage items into the Embassy.