The Consular section notarizes documents that will be used in the United States or in Ethiopia. All applicants for notary services must come in person at the consular section with photo ID. Documents must be signed in front of a Consular Officer. The fee for notary services is USD 50.00 or the equivalent in Ethiopian Birr.
The U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa is able to provide notary services to both U.S. Citizens and citizens of other nationalities, by appointment only.
Common document types include, but are not limited to:
- DS-3053 (PDF 41 KB): Department of State form authorizing the issuance of a U.S. passport by an absent parent to a minor child under 16 years of age.
- Power of Attorney
The Government of Ethiopia has informed the U.S. Embassy that, as of August 21, 2017, it will no longer accept free to marry certificates or applications for an Ethiopian driver’s license notarized by the U.S. Embassy. Any U.S. citizen wishing to get married in Ethiopia or applying for an Ethiopian driver’s license should contact the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington D.C or the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at +251 115 5100 43 or +251 115 5100 76 to determine what documentation will be required.
Schedule Your Appointment
Prepare for Your Appointment
Please bring the following required items to your appointment to ensure smooth processing:
- 50 USD (or Ethiopian birr equivalent) for each notarization
- Notary appointment confirmation page
- Completed form requesting notary – DO NOT SIGN THE FORM UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY A CONSULAR OFFICER
- Government issued photo ID with a valid signature (Passport, driver’s license, Kebele ID, etc.)
The Consular Section offers the following types of notary services:
The Consular Section authenticates original documents issued in Ethiopia only after the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs authenticates them.
The Embassy will not authenticate documents issued in the United States. U.S. documents must be authenticated under U.S. law (see Authenticating U.S. documents for more information). In general, to use such documents in the Ethiopia, you will need to have them authenticated by the state of origination, if applicable, the Department of State, and then by the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington DC (see Ethiopian Embassy in DC Authentications).
The Consular Section executes and confirms a true copy of an original or another copy of a document.