Notarizing your signature
Notary services are available regardless of citizenship for documents for use in the United States that require a U.S. notarized signature. For more information about U.S. notarial services abroad see the U.S. State Department website. In Colombia, you can request notarial services either at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota or at the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla.
Notary services are now available without an appointment at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota or at the U.S. Consular Agency in Barranquilla. You may visit the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the Embassy in Bogota Monday through Thursday (except holidays) from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. In Barranquilla, please visit Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
In addition to the unsigned document requiring notarization, please also bring photo identification and the required fees. The cost for notary services is $50 dollars per consular signature. Fees are payable in cash (U.S. dollars or Colombian pesos) or by credit card at the U.S. Embassy or Consular Agency. Checks and debit cards are not accepted.
If your document requires a witness’ signature, you must bring a person with photo identification to serve as the witness (consular staff can not serve as witnesses). The notarization services will be provided while you wait on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Please be aware that the Embassy cannot notarize your signature on a document that will be used anywhere other than in the United States. Documents to be used in Colombia should be signed in front of a local Colombian notary. A Spanish-language directory of Colombian notaries is available from the Colombian government’s Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro.
U.S. consular officials also cannot authenticate or apostille U.S. or Colombian public documents, such as birth, marriage, or death certificates. For instructions on how to authenticate/apostille a Colombian public document for use in the United States, please click here.
For instructions on how to authenticate/apostille a U.S. public document for use in Colombia, please see the website of the U.S. entity that issued the document (for instance, for birth certificates, see the Vital Records or Secretary of State office for the state where the birth certificate was issued). A list of these entities can be found here.
Please contact us at ACSBogota@state.gov with any questions.