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Notarial Services
November 30, 2020

Notarial Services

Last Updated: November 30, 2020

Notice: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.

For general information and legal considerations regarding notarial services offered by the U.S. Department of State, click here.

Service is by appointment only:  Please click here to schedule an online appointment.

Fees:  The fee is USD 50.00 or equivalent in FCFA per signature.

Requirements for Document Notarization

For a Consular Officer to notarize your documents, you must bring:

  • Identification: Valid passport or other form of identity issued by a government agency, a U.S. driver’s license is acceptable for identification purposes  + 1 clear photocopy of the biodata page of your passport or a driver license. (We do not accept student ID or a French drivers’ licenses);
  • Document to be notarized:
    • Understand your document, as we are not allowed to explain the contents to you.
    • Have the document filled in the with the appropriate names, places and dates, but don’t sign it; for a document to be legally notarized, it must be  signed at the Embassy in front of the consular officer.

Witnesses: Consular Officers and staff may NOT be witnesses for Notarial purposes.

  • If your document requires the presence of a witness, or witnesses, you must bring a person or persons with you, depending on the specific requirements of the document(s) to be signed. For example, if the document says “witness,” you may bring in one witness; if the document has three separate “witness” signature lines, then you can bring in a maximum of three witnesses.  In this case, the witnesses do not need a separate appointment.
  • For all other cases, every person entering the Consular Section must have an appointment. You do not have to bring a witness if the document to be signed does not call for signatures other than the applicant’s
  • Citizen Services’ applicants, over age 18, who are available in the Consular Section waiting room, may serve as witnesses.

Affidavit of Eligibility to Marry (Capacité Matrimoniale):  On the day of your appointment, you must bring your own written statement to notarize, drafted by you, attesting your freedom to get married, along with your passport and one clear photocopy of your passport. To obtain information on what you need to get married in Cote d’Ivoire, you should confirm all requirements with the office of the respective City Hall (Le Maire) where the marriage will take place.

Please note: If you require notarization on translated documents, the person who translated the document must be present at the notarization.