In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, as of October 2020, over 20 states began allowing remote online notarization services. Please contact a lawyer you trust in your state to inquire about that possibility. You can also easily find such services online. The American Bar Association might also be of help explaining the procedure.
The U.S. Embassy provides notary services by appointment only for U.S. citizens and for people of any nationality who need to notarize documents for use in the United States. The most common requests include notarizing powers of attorney and affidavits.
The fee for notarials and other documentary services is U.S. $50 for each seal affixed. Accepted payment methods are credit card and cash (U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Ukrainian hryvnyas). In addition to the document(s) to be notarized, the individual signing the document must submit proof of identity, such as a passport.
Please be careful not to sign the document at home or before you present it to the consular officer. If notarization of your signature is required, you must sign your document in the presence of the consular officer. Please note that consular staff cannot serve as witnesses. If the document requires the signatures of witnesses, you should bring the witnesses with you (making sure to schedule them as well).
If a document signed by a person located in the United States must be notarized for use in Ukraine, that document should first be notarized in the United States and then submitted to the office of the Secretary of State in which the notarial was performed to be affixed with an apostille. A document bearing an apostille is legal and valid in Ukraine as well as other countries that are signatories to the Hague Legalization Convention of 1961. For more information, please see our page on Apostilles and Legalization of Documents.
The Embassy cannot certify or authenticate state documents such as birth certificates, drivers’ licenses, or divorce decrees. Nor can the Embassy provide or certify official translations of documents.
Please see the Department of State’s webpage on Notarial and Authentication Services for more information on notary services and document authentication.