Notarial Services

NOTICE: All Notary Services are available by appointment only.  Please read the following instructions carefully before scheduling your appointment at the bottom of this page

U.S. consular officers may perform notary acts

If you need to have your signature notarized on a document for use in the United States, you must come in person with the document and submit identification matching the name as it appears on the document to be notarized. If you are a married woman, you may submit your marriage certificate with your identification when the names on the document and your I.D. do not match.  A passport, driver’s license or a Chilean identification card are acceptable identity documents.

We do not type out or produce any documents nor do we have any kind of templates.  You must bring the document already prepared and we only perform the notarization.

We cannot provide any legal advice about the document or about its presentation.  You must obtain all that information from the requesting party in the U.S. or your legal advisor before coming to the Embassy and provide clear instructions about the service to the consular staff that assists you.

Please note that if the document requires one or more witnesses to your signature, you must provide the witnesses, who must accompany you to the Embassy on the day of your appointment. Our U.S. Citizens Services staff cannot act as witnesses.

Failure to comply in coming prepared to your appointment may cause significant delays in our service, and if the document is not notarized appropriately for failure to provide clear instructions, the fee isn’t refundable.

Consular Fee

Each notary service has a cost of US$50.00 per signature and notarial stamp. Consular fees may be paid in cash (dollars or Chilean pesos) or by credit card. Payments by check or debit card (Redcompra) are not accepted.

THE FOLLOWING NOTARY AND AUTHENTICATION SERVICES ARE NOT    PROVIDED AT THE U.S. CONSULAR SECTION:

1.Authentication of U.S. documents for use in Chile.

A U.S. Consular officer in Chile does not have the authority to authenticate any official document issued in the United States.

Please note that the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) has been implemented in Chile on August 30, 2016. As a result, U.S. public documents for use in Chile are no longer subject to the legalization process.  U.S. state-issued documents may be apostillized by the appropriate U.S. state competent authorities, a list of those authorities may be found here.  Federal documents may be apostillized by the Office of Authentications at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Authentications.  Once an Apostille is obtained, no other form of authentication may be required.

If you need a certification of Social Security, Veterans Affairs and OPM documents that state the monthly income of the beneficiary, please see the information under “Request a Benefit/Pension Certification letter” on the following link.

You can read more about Authentications and Apostilles on the Department of State website  on the following link: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/legal-considerations/judicial/authentication-of-documents.html

2. Authentication of Chilean Official documents for use in the U.S. 

The Hague  Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) has been implemented in Chile on August 30, 2016. Hence, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago no longer performs routine authentication services for Chilean public documents. Information on obtaining Apostilles for Chilean public documents may be found on the Chilean Foreign Ministry’s website here

2. Authentication of Chilean Academic Credentials or any Chilean School or University documents. 

The U.S. Embassy does not authenticate or provide certified true copies of Chilean transcripts, degrees or any other school documents for use in the United States, as agreed by the U.S. Department of State and the Department of Education in 1983.  You can read more about this on the following link. http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/academic-credentials.html

If you need a certificate of grade equivalency of Chilean and American grades, please contact EducationUsa

  1. Authentication of American Academic Credentials or U.S. school or University Transcripts for use in Chile.

See Number 1 above, “Authentication of U.S. documents for use in Chile”.

The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad ceased to authenticate or provide certified true copies of academic credentials, transcripts or degrees in 1983. For more information, click here:  http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/abroad/legal-matters/academic-credentials.html

  1. Medallion Signature Guarantee.

Consular officers are NOT authorized to provide signature guarantee/medallion guarantee service.  A medallion signature guarantee is not a notary service.  A medallion signature guarantee is a special signature guarantee for the transfer of securities.  The signatures of investors on stock certificates must be “guaranteed” by a financial institution participating in a medallion program approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) when selling or transferring securities.  No other form of signature verification can be accepted to transfer securities.

  1. Notarize a signature in a document that will be used in Chile.

Only a Chilean notary has jurisdiction to notarize signatures in documents that will be used within Chile or that will be submitted before a Chilean Authority.