All notarial services are performed by appointment only. If there are no slots available, check back at a later date. Once you have scheduled an appointment, print out the confirmation page to present at the building entrance on the appointment date.
Notarial services are for all nationalities and are by appointment only. Normally the document to be notarized is for use within the United States, although there may be exceptions. If you have multiple documents to be notarized, you should only make one appointment. You will pay $50 USD, at the Embassy or Consulate on your day of appointment, for each notary seal required.
On the day of your appointment, you must:
DS-3053: To notarize a DS-3053 Statement of Consent: Issuance of a U.S. Passport To a Minor Under Age 16 (PDF, 345K), please review the instructions listed on the form, the information fields that must be completed, and bring your original, valid, government-issued photo ID as well as a photocopy of both sides. As the U.S. Department of State requires that this form be notarized, this service is performed free of charge.
Power of Attorney (in conjunction with U.S. passport applications): When both parents are unable to be personally present to apply for a minor’s U.S. passport, and they wish to designate a third party to do so, they may sign a power of attorney (POA) before a notary public. This POA must contain specific data fields; see a sample. Note that photocopies of both sides of each parents’ original, valid, government-issued photo ID must be included with the POA. As the U.S. Department of State requires that this form be notarized, this service is performed free of charge.
At the Direct Request of a U.S. Municipal, State or Federal Entity
At the Direct Request of a Foreign Government
All notarial services are performed by appointment only. You can access our Appointment System here. Once you have scheduled an appointment, please print out the confirmation page to present at the building entrance on the appointment date.
If there are no slots available in the Appointment System, please check the system periodically for availability. Appointment slots are opened approximately two weeks in advance, and additional slots are often added.
The notarization fee is $50 USD for each seal provided. For further information, please see the Consular Schedule of Fees here. All consular fees are payable in U.S. Dollars or Vietnamese Dong in cash, or with the following debit/credit cards in U.S. Dollars: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We cannot accept checks. In addition, we can only accept bills in good condition. Notes that are taped, washed, torn, damaged, or have excessive marks or blemishes will not be accepted.
You must bring your passport or other government-issued photo identification for all notarial services.
In order to receive notarial services from the Consular Section you must:
A growing number of states accept documents notarized online, making it a convenient and efficient option. If you need documentation notarized for use in the United States, we strongly suggest that you research whether the state in which your documents will be filed accepts documents notarized remotely. The U.S. Embassy and Consulate do not provide online notaries. Any questions about the process and the applicability of online notarization should be referred directly to the jurisdiction in which your documents will be filed.
The Vietnamese government may request the U.S. Embassy or Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City “certify” documents listed under “services we cannot provide”. Please note the Embassy and Consulate CAN notarize an affidavit for U.S. citizens which may or may not satisfy the Vietnamese requirement for “certification.”
An affidavit is a sworn statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it. Please note the Embassy and Consulate assume no responsibility for the veracity of the representations that appear in the affidavit. Only the identity of the individual making the statement is validated.
The following affidavit templates are available for your convenience. It is prudent to confirm in advance if the end recipient will accept an affidavit.
Acknowledgement of signature
An Acknowledgement of signature verifies a particular person signed a given document such as a deed or bill of sale. We can notarize only the signatures of those who are present to sign in front of a Notarizing Officer. If you are signing on behalf of a corporation, LLC, etc., you are required to provide proof that you are authorized to sign on behalf of the organization.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney allows you to designate someone to take legal action on your behalf, such as authorizing someone to buy or sell a property in the United States in your name while you are abroad. You can use our blank Power of Attorney form: for Hanoi (PDF-7KB) or HCMC (PDF-7KB), or bring your own drafted one. If you are signing on behalf of a corporation, LLC, etc., you are required to provide proof that you are authorized to sign on behalf of the organization. Please be sure that you fully understand the permissions being granted through a power of attorney before appearing at the Embassy or Consulate.
Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent for issuance of a U.S. passport to a minor (No fee required)
Certified true copies of documents for use with Social Security applications, Federal Benefits Unit Manila
Certified true copies of a foreign passport for use with Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) applications
U.S. law precludes the provision of notarial services in certain cases. Among others, Notarizing Officers cannot provide notarial services in connection with:
Please be aware that a consular officer may refuse any notary service when:
If you need to request an expedited appointment, you must first schedule an appointment online. After successfully scheduling an appointment, you must visit our Inquiry Form to submit an expedite request. Please include:
1) the reason your case is an extreme emergency and the need for an earlier appointment,
2) the date and time of your scheduled appointment and the date and time of your preferred appointment if your request is approved, and
3) supporting evidence/ reason why an earlier appointment will help resolve your emergency.
If you do not provide ALL the information listed above, your request will not be considered. However, please be aware to ensure fairness to our customers, our office only expedites appointments when there is an urgent need or an extreme emergency such as a situation endangering a person’s health or well-being. Please also note that while we recognize the importance of notary offerings to our customers, we generally cannot provide notarial appointments at times when exigent circumstances require us to offer only limited public services.
Please note that we will not respond to inquiries sent by postal mail or fax.
Submit an inquiry: Inquiry Form
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
Rose Garden Building
Second Floor, 170 Ngoc Khanh Street
U.S. Embassy in Hanoi
7 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, Vietnam
U.S. Consulate General in HCMC
American Citizen Services
4 Le Duan Blvd., Dist. 1
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam