Notarial Services

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IMPORTANT NOTICES:

Appointments:

Effective September 1, 2011, it is mandatory to use the new appointment system to request U.S. citizen’s services at the Consulate, such as applications for legal services. To schedule an appointment click here.

Apostille

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay announces that Paraguay has signed the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents,also known as the Apostille Convention. The convention is effective in Paraguay from September 1, 2014.

This agreement aims to facilitate the circulation of public documents executed in one State party to the Convention and to be produced in another State party to the Convention[i]. To accomplish this, the Convention replaces the formalities, often cumbersome and expensive legalization (certification chain) of a public document by the simple addition of an Apostille.

Under the agreement, public documents[ii] originating in Paraguay to be presented in the U.S.A. should be apostilled by the Bureau of Consular Affairs of the Paraguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs[iii]. No other requirement may be imposed to authenticate the origin of the public document. Likewise, public documents originating in the United States, to be presented in Paraguay should be apostilled by the Authentication Office of the Department of State [iv].

[i] The list of State parties to the Convention is available here

[ii] The list of Paraguayan public documents subject to Apostille is available here

[iii] Address: Palma and 14 de Mayo. Benigno López Palace. Asuncion. Telephone: (595 21) 493 928. Website

[iv] Address: 518 23rd Street, N.W. Washington D.C. 20520. Telephone: (202) 647 5002. Website

U.S. Consular Officers are authorized by law to perform limited notarial services abroad in connection with certain documents to be presented in the United States.

Consular Officers can only perform notarial services in connection with documents to be used outside of the United States if

  1. The notarial act will be recognized in the country where it will be used;
  2. the applicant would suffer loss or be seriously inconvenienced if the act were not performed;
  3. the notarial certificate will be used for a well defined purpose; and
  4. there is no apparent irregularity.

In some cases such documents will require additional authentication by the Department of State in Washington, DC.

In order to receive a U.S. notarial service from the Consular Section, the requestor must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Provide satisfactory and valid identification;
  2. bring witnesses if the document to be notarized so requires as Embassy staff can not serve as witnesses;
  3. completely fill in all blank spaces on the document;
  4. demonstrate the he/she understands the document to be signed and is signing it voluntarily and without coercion;
  5. show that the transaction is not suspicious or potentially illegal or irregular;
  6. notarization of documents with more than one signee requires that both signees be present; and
  7. as required under U.S. law, acknowledgments of documents by more than one person must be completed seperately.

Further, U.S. law precludes the provision of notarial services in certain cases. Among others, consular officers may not provide notarial services in connection with:

  1. Documents issued by U.S. officials, including birth, marriage and death certificates (such documents for use in Paraguay should be authenticated in the U.S. by the Paraguayan consul);
  2. Copies of documents;
  3. academic credentials, transcripts or degrees;
  4. seals and signatures of Paraguayan officials other than those designated by the Ministry of Foreign Relations Legalization Department;
  5. seals and signatures of U.S. officials stationed in third countries. This authentication may be performed by the Department of State’s Authentication Office, 518 23rd Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20520, telephone (202) 647-5002; and
  6. statements beyond the consular officer’s knowledge, e.g. that a document conforms to foreign law or that a person is the spouse of another.