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Preparation for a notary appointment

Notarial services are executed by Consular Officers and may include documents to be signed before them, statements made under oath, power of attorney, affidavits, true copies, and acknowledgments.

Applicants who are late for their appointment will be asked to reschedule for another day.

Note: The only notary public in Lebanon that is recognized in the United States is a U.S. Consular Officer at the Embassy.

Preparation for a notary appointment (please read the following instructions carefully):

  • Please read your document(s) through carefully and make sure you understand the document(s) before the interview.  If a document is not clear, check with the office or organization requiring the notarized document or your legal advisor.  Consular staff cannot explain your document(s) to you.
  • Know exactly where you are meant to sign. It is your responsibility to read all the documents and know where you are meant to sign.  The consular staff cannot advise you in any way on what is required of you for your document so come to the appointment fully prepared.
  • It is advisable to mark every page where the notary needs to sign, with a marker sticker sticking out of the document.  Also make clear which pages should be attached to each other, for instance with a paper clip.
  • Fill in the document(s) with the appropriate names, places and dates.  However, DO NOT sign your document – you will sign under oath at the Embassy before a Consular Officer.
  • Bring your passport or valid id as means of personal identification.
  • If the name in your passport differs from the name on the documents you wish to have notarized, please bring evidence of a name change in the form of government documents such as marriage certificates, passports or drivers licenses showing both old and new names, etc..
  • Bring the entire document(s), even if only one page is to be notarized.
  • If your document requires witnesses in addition to the notary, you are responsible for providing these witnesses.  Consular staff cannot serve as witnesses.  Witnesses cannot be a spouse or a relative, and each witness will need a passport and an appointment to enter the Embassy or Consulate.  This is particularly important with regard to last wills and testaments.
  • The appropriate fee is $50.00 per notarization (i.e. $50.00 for the first seal, and $50.00 for each additional seal).


IMPORTANT:  Please follow the above instructions very carefully. If you come unprepared, we may not be able to help you and you will need to set up a new appointment to visit the Embassy another time.