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Notarial requests can be processed most Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings. Check the online appointment system for specific days and times. You may access the online appointment system by clicking on this link.
Fees for notary services are $50.00 for each seal or the equivalent amount in SSP at the Embassy’s current official consular exchange rate, payable in cash only. The Embassy does not accept credit or debit cards as payment for any consular services.
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 $50 (for each notarial), payable in dollars or the equivalent in South Sudanese Pounds.
- If your document requires the presence of witnesses in addition to the notarization, you must supply these witnesses. Our staff cannot act or serve 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 South Sudanese attorneys for you to consult, or you may wish to consult an attorney in the United States.
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
South Sudan requires all foreigners who marry in South Sudan, whether they are marrying other foreigners or South Sudanese 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
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 United States 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 that 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.
Registering an NGO
The U.S. Embassy does not provide letters of recommendation for the purpose of registering an NGO in South Sudan. We can provide an Acknowledgement Certificate that confirms the identity of the signing U.S. Citizen.