Notarial Services

Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

Notarial services provided by the Embassy are primarily for the benefit of American citizens and legal permanent residents.  Foreign nationals may also have documents notarized, but only if the documents will be used in the United States.

To schedule notarial services, please request an appointment through American Citizen Services Appointment System

For us to notarize your documents, you must:

  • Have a government-issued photo ID.
  • Understand your document. We are not allowed to explain the contents to you.
  • Complete the document with the appropriate names, places, and dates before you arrive (but don’t sign it; you’ll sign it at the Embassy in front of an officer).
  • Pay the USD50 (for each notarial) payable in dollars or the equivalent in Ugandan Shillings, USD or U.S. credit card (VISA, MasterCard, Diners, American Express, and Discover).
  • If your document requires the presence of witnesses in addition to the notarization, you must supply these witnesses. Our staff cannot act as witnesses.
  • Notarial services provided by the Embassy are primarily for the benefit of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.  Foreign nationals may also have documents notarized, but only if the documents will be used in the United States or the service is for a U.S. organization.

Please be aware that the consular officer may refuse any notary service when:

  • The host country does not authorize the performance of the service,
  • The document will be used in transactions that may be prohibited by U.S. law,
  • The officer believes that the document will be used for a purpose that is unlawful, improper, or inimical to the best interests of the United States, or
  • The officer does not understand the document, due to language or any other reason.

Notarial services performed include taking of oaths, acknowledgment of signatures and certification of true copies for Social Security and Internal Revenue Services purposes.

If you have any questions about the contents of the documents and the implications of your signing them, we can provide a list of Ugandan attorneys for you to consult, or you may wish to consult an attorney in the United States.

  • Affidavit
    An affidavit is a sworn statement. Affidavits may be used in many different situations for many different purposes. We will furnish you with a blank affidavit form for you to write out almost any statement you may wish to make. You will need to sign it in front of a Consul. Fee: $50 for each affidavit.
  • Verification of Single Status
    Uganda requires all foreigners who marry in Uganda, whether they are marrying other foreigners or Ugandan nationals, to certify that they are single and have it notarized by their own country’s embassy, affirming that they are legally free to marry The Embassy cannot verify your single status.  However, we can witness your signature on an affidavit you provide saying you are free to marry.  We are notarizing only the signature and not its contents. Fee: $50 per notarial
  • Certificate of Good Conduct
    Some Ugandan authorities may ask for a certificate of good conduct for U.S. citizens. The Embassy cannot verify good conduct.  However, if you contact your U.S.-based local law enforcement branch, they can run your name, date of birth and/or social security number through the FBI’s nationwide background check system (CJIS) and provide you with those results at a cost.  Once this is complete, you can provide these results with a written statement for a notary service stating you are a citizen in good standing to supplement the law enforcement results. Fee: $50 per notarial
  • Power of Attorney
    A power of attorney allows you to designate someone to take legal actions on your behalf. A common example of this is empowering someone else to buy or sell property in the U.S. in your name while you are overseas. We cannot advise you on the specific language or content of a power of attorney, so you may wish to consult a lawyer or other appropriate advisor before coming to see us to have your power of attorney notarized.You must provide your own power of attorney form or have one supplied to you by your attorney, bank, or company.Please fill out the form before you come to our offices, but do not sign it in advance. You will sign in the presence of a Consul. Fee: $50 per power of attorney
  • Acknowledgement of Signature
    An Acknowledgement of Signature or Acknowledgement of Execution is a notary which verifies that a particular person signed a given document. It is often used for legal agreements, business documents, etc. It is also used when more than two signatures are required on the document but all of the parties who must sign are not present. We can notarize (or acknowledge) only the signatures of those who are present to sign in front of us or appear in front of us and verify that they have signed the document. Fee: $50 for each document or seal.
  • Certification of True Copies of Documents
    We often get requests to certify true copies of educational transcripts or diplomas, bank statements, court documents, or other such official records. Unfortunately, our offices cannot ordinarily provide certified true copies of documents. Such requests should usually be addressed to the office which issued the document in question. For example, certified true copies of academic records should be requested from the registrar of the institution that originally issued them.
  • Signature (or “Medallion”) Guarantees
    Medallion signature guarantees are often required by U.S. banks or mutual fund companies. Unfortunately, we cannot legally perform a signature guarantee.A Medallion Signature Guarantee is not a notarial service, but rather a special procedure related   to securities, which can only be performed by an authorized representative of a financial institution participating in a medallion program approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). U.S. consular officers are not authorized to provide a signature guarantee/medallion guarantee service.The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be contacted directly via their internet website, via phone at 1-800-SEC-0330 (investor assistance and complaints), via fax at 202-942-7040, or by mail at Mail Stop 11-2, 450 Fifth Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20549.

Last updated: January 6th, 2017