Need to notarize documents for use in the United States?
For those seeking to notarize documents for use in the United States, you may wish to consider using alternative options, to include utilizing a remote notarial service provider. A growing number of states accept documents notarized through online services; you will need to research whether they can be used in the state where your document will be filed. Remote notarization could fulfill your need for notary services more quickly.
Important guidance for attending an appointment
Due to COVID-19 precautions, access to Mission Turkey facilities is limited to individuals that have been physically present in Turkey for at least 14 days. If you are traveling to Turkey from another country, your appointment should take place after you have been in Turkey for at least 14 days.
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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we are not scheduling routine notary appointments. If you are experiencing an emergency which requires a notarial service, please use the Contact Us link to email us with details about your request and information on which documents you seek authentication.
- 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.