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Important Information for Edinburgh notary customers:
Due to a temporary technical malfunction, the only accepted form of payment is a US dollar money order. Customers who cannot obtain this in time for their appointment should reschedule for after April 28, obtain a local notarization, or travel to Belfast or London. Contact Londonnotary@state.gov for a London appointment.
Important Information regarding notary services
The American Citizen Services Unit at the U.S. Embassy London provides notary services for those persons wishing to execute documents in the presence of a U.S. consular officer (you do not need to be a U.S. citizen to use this service). For us to notarize your documents, you must:
- Read all the Notary Services information thoroughly. Please make sure that your document can be notarized by the U.S. Embassy London- see the list of exceptions.
- Book an appointment - as all services are provided by appointment only
- Bring a government-issued photo ID, such as a valid passport or driver’s license
- Ensure that you understand the contents of the document. A Consular Officer cannot explain it to you
- Please provide the complete document, without any missing pages, and with the appropriate names, places and dates. Do not sign the document - you are required to sign it at the Embassy in front of the Consular officer
- If possible please bring your own witnesses, if your document requires the presence of witnesses. Please email: LondonNotary@state.gov with your witnesses name(s) in advance.
- Pay the appropriate fee; $50 USD per notary signature. Please see our Fees Information page for full details.
- Due to the number and complexity of documents being prepared for customers, please note you can expect the process to take approximately 90 minutes, though that can vary depending on the number of people ahead of you and the complexity of their or your documents.
- For more information on notarial and authentication services please refer to the Department of State’s Website.
Notarizing your documents under the British System:
If you are unable to book an appointment, you may have your documents notarized under the two-step British system.
Step 2: Send the documents to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) Legalisation Office, which will legalize the signature and stamp of the notary public by means of an apostille, or certificate. Please see The British Foreign and Commonwealth Legalisation Office website for further information.
Documents notarized this way comply with the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents, October 5, 1961, to which the United States became a party effective October 15, 1981, and should be accepted for use in the United States.
Hours of operation
Notarial services are available by appointment only, Tuesday
morning (09:15), Wednesday morning (09:15) and Thursday afternoon (14:15).
The American Citizen Services Unit is closed to the public on American and U.K. public holidays.
Where to make your appointment
Click the following link if you wish to Schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment in London.
For notary services or questions concerning services in Northern Ireland, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Belfast.
For notary services or questions concerning services in Scotland, please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh.
Visiting Embassy London
Electronic devices such as lap tops are not allowed within the Embassy grounds. For a list of prohibited items and storage facilities within the vicinity of the Embassy, please click here.
Large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages classed above cabin-size allowance are also not allowed within the Embassy grounds. Please see this PDF file for a list of Left Luggage storage facilities (PDF - 36kb).
Visitors who do not follow these instructions will experience considerable delays at the security check point, which could result in the appointment being cancelled.