Notarial services are by appointment only. If you have multiple documents to be notarized, you should only make one appointment. On the day of your appointment, you must bring the document(s) to be notarized, along with your identification and one clear photocopy. The fee for the service is $50 USD or the equivalent in West African CFA per notarial stamp, which must be paid in cash at the Embassy on the day of the appointment. If your papers require a witness, please bring a witness with you. If you require notarization on translated documents, the person who translated the document must be present at the notarization.
All notarial services are by appointment only, and appointments are limited. Please monitor the website as there are frequent cancellations. There are not any notarial services appointments other than the available dates on our appointment website.
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. 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: For example, if Côte d’Ivoire’s Secretary of Foreign Relations requests that the Embassy notarize documents to be used to collect child support in the United States. Or, if an Ivoirian migrant assistance agency requests the Embassy or notarize a document for a parent to request a child’s birth certificate.