Routine passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and notarial services are limited as of March 18. Individuals with appointments after March 18 may be asked to reschedule their appointments for a later 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.
The notarial services performed include taking of oaths, acknowledgement of signatures, certification of true copies for Social Security and Internal Revenue Services purposes.
On the day of your appointment, you must:
Please be aware that the consular officer may refuse any notary service when:
If you have any questions about the contents of the documents and implications of your signing them, the ACS Unit can provide a list of Kenyan attorneys for you to consult, or you may wish to consult an attorney in the United States.
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: For example, if Kenya’s Secretary of Foreign Relations requests that the Embassy or Consulate notarize documents to be used to collect child support in the United States.