Last Updated: May, 2013
Notary Services are performed by Consular Officers (who act as Notary Publics), and are available for all U.S. citizens as well as nationals from other countries who need documents to be notarized in order to be valid in the United States. Notary Services performed at our Consulate include: documents to be signed in front of a Notary Public, powers of attorney, sworn statements, acknowledgements, true copies of the original, etc.
Notary Services at our Consulate are available on Tuesdays from 2:00-4:00 p.m., by appointment only. Please use the online Appointment System.
Acknowledgment and Attestation (Certify your Signature)
If your signature needs to be certified by a Notary Public you must come in person to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the United States in Montevideo, on the day of your appointment, bringing the following:
- The document that you intend to sign in front of a Consular Officer (must be written in English).
- Your valid passport and another form of photographic identification, since one must be handed at the Embassy’s Reception Desk and the other presented to the Consular Officer at the time of witnessing your signature.
- Your own witnesses when required and they should also bring two forms of photographic identification as well.
To certify a translation, the translator must attend the appointment in person and bring the translation, unsigned, but with the translator’s stamp on it, as well as two forms of photographic identification.
The fee for each notary service is $50.00 USD. Payment methods: Uruguayan pesos, U.S. dollars or international credit cards.
Apostille of Uruguayan Documents
Uruguayan accession to the Hague Apostille Convention: On October 14, 2012, Uruguay acceded to the Hague Apostille Convention. By doing so, the government of Uruguay has taken on the responsibility of certifying public documents issued by the government of Uruguay (for example, birth certificates) for use abroad. The United States recognizes this certification, called the apostille, as valid.
As such, it is no longer necessary to have a Uruguayan public document legalized by the Consular Section at our Embassy in order to use that document in the United States.
For more information on how to apostille a Uruguayan public document contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2902-1010) - Section: “Centro de Atención Ciudadana”.
For information on how to apostille U.S. public documents in the United States for use in Uruguay:
For more information or inquiries on Notary Services you can contact us via e-mail at: MontevideoIV@state.gov
Note: The Consular Section at the Embassy of the United States in Montevideo cannot provide legal advice.