Notary services are available to all U.S. citizens and to foreign nationals for documents to be used in the United States. Consular officers can execute notary services on documents including affidavits, acknowledgements, and certification of true copies. It is not necessary for the U.S. Embassy to authenticate Slovenian documents, because the apostille affixed by the Slovenian government is recognized in the United States. In addition, the Embassy cannot authenticate U.S. documents such as marriage certificates, divorce decrees, death certificates, etc. Under the Hague Convention on Legalization of Foreign Public Documents, an apostille by a U.S. clerk of court of a State Secretary or State certifies authenticity of a U.S. document. Information on how to obtain a Hague apostille on public documents issued in the United States is available by clicking here.
How do I prepare for my notarial appointment?
- Present a government-issued photo ID, such as a passport or Slovene ID card
- Demonstrate that you understand the document you are asking us to notarize. We are not allowed to explain the contents to you and we may ask you to summarize the intent of the document. If you are unable to demonstrate that you understand the document, then we must refuse to perform the requested notarial service;
- Completely fill in the document with the appropriate names, places and dates, but do not sign it; you will sign at the Embassy in front of the Consul.
- Check to see if the form requires a witness. Embassy staff are prohibited from serving as witnesses; we can only serve as the notary. If your document requires witnesses, please send us an email with the name(s) of the person(s) you will be bringing with you to the Embassy so we can put them on our access list. Witnesses must also bring photo ID.
- The fee is US$50 for each seal. We accept U.S. dollars or euros, payable in cash or by credit card.
- If you are driving to Slovenia from Italy, Austria or Croatia, please make sure you stop at the border and purchase a vignette for your car. Using Slovene highways without a valid and properly-displayed vignette in a vehicle is considered a violation of the law; drivers may be fined between EUR 300 and 800.
- For your interview, please do not bring large bags/suitcases, nor large electronic devices, such as laptop computers or tablets, as they are not allowed within the Embassy.