If you are in the process of preparing official documents for any French administrative processes and are in need of Notary services from the US Embassy you will find a few tips in this post. I recently had to get a form notarized that could only be done via my home country’s embassy. It was the first time I had been there in the 3 years I have been living here, and for the most part everything was straight forward.
Making an appointment and document preparation:
-You need to sign up for a Notary Appointment in advance, as no walk ins are allowed. You can sign up for an appointment here.
-You need to properly fill out whichever form you need notarized in advance, but make sure NOT to sign them in advance (the must be signed in person in front of Notary Officer). If the documents are in French you need to ensure that you understand all the content of the document, as Consular Officer cannot explain it to you, and they will ask you to explain what you are signing.
– A few days before your appointment, you will receive an email to confirm your appointment. You have to respond to the email with the type of document you need notarized, number of documents you need, and whether or not you need a witness present.
NOTE: Make sure to fill in the different fields on your documents in French and with no abbreviations. For example, for the state you must write Californie not CA and Etats-Unis not USA. It is handy to bring an extra copy of the document you need notarized, just in case there are any errors
The day of your appointment:
Arrive Early– Notary appointments are twice a day at 13h30 and 14h30. It is best to get there about 30 minutes before your appointment, as it takes time to go through security, and you will be seen on a first come first serve basis.
Less is More– The security check is a pretty intense (almost worse than going through airport security). No food or beverages , electronics (including cell phones), or large bags are allowed. All the unauthorized items you have with you will be put it in a plastic bag at the security check point, and you can collect it at the end of your appointment.
Identification– Make sure to bring your passport in order to enter the embassy.
Payment– For each Notary stamp it cost $50USD (around 45 euros) . You can choose the currency you wish to pay in and you can pay by cash or credit cards.
Location– US Embassy Paris ,4 avenue Gabriel,75008. Closest metro is Concorde.
If you have any additional questions feel free to contact me.