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Notarial services are available for all nationalities by appointment


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Notarial services are available for people of any nationality with documents for use in the United States. 


To make an appointment for a notary service at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, please click here.  
If you would prefer to visit the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla, please click here. 

Please only make one appointment per family. 

Please note that appointments made under the “Notarial and other services” category are exclusively for notary services. We are unable to provide information on visa applications or other services during a notarial appointment.  

Please plan ahead. The U.S. Embassy/Consular Agency cannot accommodate requests for emergency appointments for notarial services. If your document does not require notarization by a U.S. notary, you may consider using a local notary. 

What to Bring 

 Complete, unsigned document(s): 

  • Assemble all pages in order and complete the document with the appropriate names, places, and dates before you arrive. 
  • Do NOT sign the document – you will sign and take an oath in front of the Consular Officer. 
  • Understand your document, including why and where you will sign. We are not permitted to explain your documents to you. 
  • Clearly indicate which pages require a Notarial Seal. *Post-it notes placed in the document indicating where notarization is required is much appreciated and expedites notarization. 

Photo Identification: 

  • All signatories, including witnesses, must bring valid government-issued photo identification with signature, such as a passport, national ID card, U.S. driver’s license, etc. The name on your identification must match your name on the document(s) you need notarized. 


  • The fee is $50 per seal.  For example, you will be charged $150 for a single document that requires the Consular Officer to sign and acknowledge your signature in three places. 
  • The fee for photocopies is $1 per page. 
  • Payment can be made by credit card or cash (U.S. dollars or Colombian pesos). 
  • All fees are non-refundable. 
  • No fees are charged for forms required by a U.S. federal government agency (e.g., DS-3053). 


  • If your document requires the presence of witnesses, you must bring them. 
  • Consular staff are unable to serve as witnesses. 
  • Witnesses must also bring valid photo ID. 
  • Unsure if you need witnesses, or who can serve as witnesses? Consult your lawyer or entity that prepared your document. 



Also known as webcam notarization, online notarization, or virtual notarization, a remote notarization allows for notarization of documents using audio-visual technology over the internet. While many 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 and if any special conditions apply. For more information and to find an online notary please visit National Notary Association, click here. 



Every adult (age 16 or older) that visits the embassy should bring two forms of photo ID (passport, identity card, U.S. driver’s license). You must leave one ID with security personnel and the other ID you must present to the consul when you submit you application. The identification you present to the consul should be the U.S. passport, when possible. 

All U.S. Embassy/Consular Agency visitors and their personal belongings must pass through security screening before entering. The following items are strictly forbidden. We ask all our visitors to leave these items at home. None of these devices can be stored at the Embassy/Consular Agency.  

  • Electronic devices including: cell phones, computers, cameras, or CD/MP3 players, flash drives (USB); 
  • Luggage or big bags including: suitcases, backpacks, and briefcases;  
  • Food or drinks; 
  • Sealed mail, such as packages that have not yet been opened;  
  • Flammable materials or tobacco, such as lighters, matches, cigarettes, or cigars; 
  • Sharp objects, such as: scissors, knives, or nail files; and 
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind. 

This list is not all-inclusive, and security officials reserve the right to deny entry of items determined to be unsafe or a threat to security.