- You must appear in person to have notarial services performed.
- Consistent with U.S. law and Department of State policy, U.S. Consular Officers may provide specific notarial services for any person regardless of nationality so long as the document being notarized is required for use within the jurisdiction of the United States and authorized by relevant U.S. law. For documents to be used in Timor-Leste, please contact a local notary. For documents to be used in another jurisdiction, such as Indonesia or Australia, you may wish to consult with the corresponding authorities in that jurisdiction or the local representative.
$50 per document to be notarized. This is paid in U.S. dollars to the Embassy cashier. The cashier is open 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Schedule an appointment with a Consular Officer by emailing ConsDili@state.gov or calling +670 332 4684.
- Present a current U.S. or other Government-issued document with name, photograph and signature, such as a passport, as proof of identity. Please be sure to bring identification that matches the name on the document to be notarized.
- Completely fill in all blank spaces on the document, do not sign until requested to do so by a Consular Officer.
- Demonstrate that you understand the document to be signed and are signing voluntarily.
- Show that the transaction is not suspicious, potentially illegal, or irregular;
- As required under U.S. law, acknowledgements of documents by more than one person must be completed separately.
- The officer providing the notarial service must not have a disqualifying interest.
Please note: If you wish to have your signature witnessed as well as notarized, you will need to provide your own witnesses. Embassy employees are NOT allowed to act as witnesses for notarizations.
Limitations on Notarial Services
U.S. law precludes the provision of notarial services in certain cases. Among others, consular officers may not provide notarial services in connection with:
- Authentication of U.S. documents such as birth, residency, marriage, divorce, and death certificates. Such documents must be authenticated in the U.S. for use overseas; for additional details, please consult the Department of State'sOffice of Authentication, or call +1-800-688-9889. (Please see below for information on procedures for authentication of documents to be presented in the United States);
- Copies of documents including certified true copies unless for use solely by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or the U.S. Social Security Administration;
- Academic credentials, transcripts or degrees; and
- Statements beyond the consular officer's knowledge, e.g. that a document satisfies specific legal requirements or that a person is the spouse of another or the employee of a certain business or corporation.
Authentication or Legalization
Authentication or legalization is the procedure by which the authority of persons who issue or execute documents in one country may be recognized by another country. For information on authentication of Timor-Leste documents, please contact the Government of Timor-Leste.