U.S. consular officers may perform notarial acts for use in the United States only, with few exceptions (Turkish residency and marriage). If your document is for use in Turkey, obtain a notarial service locally.
- Please schedule an online appointment before you visit the Consular Section.
- Click here to find a list of competent authorities from which you can obtain an apostille certification in the U.S.
- Turkey and the United States are both signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention; information on this topic can also be found at the State Department’s website and below.
- U.S. citizens or foreign nationals having business with U.S. may obtain notary services for documents for use in the United States.
- The fee for all notarial services is $50 for each consular signature. You may pay by cash or credit card in dollars or the Turkish lira equivalent at the Embassy/Consulate.
- Along with your documents, you must provide proof of identity.
- If your notarial service requires witnesses, witnesses must come with you to the Consular Section.
- Please do not sign your documents in advance. You are required to sign them in front of the consular officer.
Apostille certification for official Turkish documents
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the Consulates in Istanbul and Adana are not permitted to perform authentications of official Turkish documents. To obtain an authentication, you may go to the governor’s office and receive an apostille certificate. You must have your document translated into English by a sworn translator and notarized by the Turkish notary before taking them for apostille certification. Apostille certificates (documents which have the special Hague Legalization Certificate) are acceptable in all countries where the Hague Treaty is in force (including Turkey and the United States) without need for authentication by any other authority.
Apostille certification is obtainable at:
Ankara Valiliği, Hukuk İşleri Şube Müdürlüğü
Istanbul Valiliği, Hukuk İşleri Şube Müdürlüğü
Adana Valiliği, Hukuk İşleri Şube MüdürlüğüAdana
Apostille Certification for official U.S. documents
The U.S. Embassy in Ankara and the Consulates in Istanbul and Adana are not authorized to perform authentications of seals and official signatures on public documents issued in the U.S., such as birth certificates, notarials, court orders, school records, etc. Please obtain an apostille certification from the authority that issued the document. . To use the document in Turkey, you must have your document translated into Turkish by a sworn translator and then obtain the apostille certification. Click here to find a list of competent authorities from which you can obtain an apostille certification in the U.S. Additional information on this topic can also be found at the State Department’s website.
The U.S. Embassy, Consulates and Consular Agent can provide notarial services related to yachts, boats and other water craft only if the agent provides correspondence from the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) stating that notarizing such a certification of the requested document is appropriate. Vessel owners and agents may contact CG-CVC by email at CG-CVCemail@example.com. For more detailed information and list of documents, please click here.
Certified Copy of Academic Credentials
The Embassy and Consulates cannot notarize or certify academic credentials; diplomas or school transcripts. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. Please contact the issuing educational institution. More information is available from the Department of State website here.
Obtain Copies of U.S. Vital Records
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide copies of U.S. vital records. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. In order to obtain any state government issued document concerning birth, death, marriage or divorce, you may order one from the website of the National Center for Health Statistics.