Consular Officers are authorized to notarize documents to be used in the United States, as well as provide ‘Single Statements’ for use in Honduras. A ‘Single Statement’ is a document provided by, and signed by a Consular Officer affirming that an individual is free to marry; this document is sometimes required of U.S. citizens getting married in Honduras.
Consular Officers do not certify that the contents of submitted documents are true. The officer only certifies that you have made an oath or affirmation that they are.
Services we CANNOT provide:
U.S. law precludes the provision of notarial services in certain cases. Among others, Notarizing Officers cannot provide notarial services in connection with:
- Authentication, certification, or certified copies of public documents issued in the United States such as birth, residency, marriage, divorce, and death certificates; commercial records, driver’s license, and other credentials. Such documents must be authenticated in the United States for use overseas; for additional details, please visit the Department of State’s Notarial and Authentication Services or the Office of Authentication. Please visit the National Center for Health Statistics webpage Where to Write for Vital Records for state specific information on how to request copies of vital records.
- Academic credentials, transcripts or degrees: Contact the educational institution which issued the document. For further information visit the Department of State’s website Authentication of American Academic Credentials for Use Abroad.
- Certified true copies of non-U.S. documents, such as Honduran birth certificates
- U.S. Apostilles: Information on Apostilles can be found on the Department of State webpage Judicial Assistance – Notarial and Authentication (Apostille).
- Statements beyond the Consular Officer’s knowledge: e.g. that the document satisfies a specific legal requirement, that a person is the spouse of another, or an individual is an employee of a certain business or corporation.
Services we CAN provide:
An affidavit is a sworn statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the person making it. Please note the Embassy assumes no responsibility for the veracity of the representations that appear in the affidavit. Only the identity of the individual making the statement is validated.
Acknowledgement of signature
An Acknowledgement of signature verifies a particular person signed a given document such as a deed or bill of sale. We can notarize only the signatures of those who are present to sign in front of a Notarizing Officer. If you are signing on behalf of a corporation, LLC, etc., you are required to provide proof that you are authorized to sign on behalf of the organization.
Power of Attorney
A power of attorney allows you to designate someone to take legal action on your behalf, such as authorizing someone to buy or sell a property in the United States in your name while you are abroad. If you are signing on behalf of a corporation, LLC, etc., you are required to provide proof that you are authorized to sign on behalf of the organization.
Form DS-3053 Statement of Consent for issuance of a U.S. passport to a minor (No fee required)
Certified true copies of documents for use with Social Security applications, FBU Costa Rica.
Certified true copy of U.S. passports for use in other purposes.
What to Bring
- Proof of Identity: We accept your passport or any other type of government-issued identification card, as long as it has your photograph and your full name.
- Unsigned Document: Do not sign your document before you come to your appointment at the Embassy/Consular Agency.
- If you are obtaining a ‘Single Statement,’ you only need to bring your proof of identity. The Consular Section can print and provide you with the Single Statement.
If your documents require witnesses you will need to bring these witnesses with you. They must present a government-issued identification that includes their photograph and full name as well.
- DS-3053 – Free of charge
- Single Statement – $50 USD
- True Copies – $50 USD
- Certification of documents for Social Security Administration – Free of charge
- All other documents – $50 USD per notarial signature. If your document requires more than one notarial signature, you will be charged $50 USD per each signature and consular seal.
Fees may be paid in U.S. dollars or the equivalent in Lempira; exact change is required and only one currency type will be accepted. International credit/debit cards are also accepted.
You must pay all fees directly at the Embassy. Do not make payments at a bank or other establishment. Personal checks are not accepted.
All fees are nonrefundable.
Applying in Tegucigalpa
- Notarial Services are offered by appointment only.
Click on the link below to schedule an appointment. In order to avoid delays, please make sure you select “request notarial and other services” as the type of service. If your appointment type does not match the service being required, you will be asked to reschedule.
Applying in San Pedro Sula
- Click on the link below to schedule an appointment. In order to avoid delays, please make sure you select “request notarial and other services” as the type of service. If your appointment type does not match the service being required, you will be asked to reschedule.
If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
- If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
- If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
- If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.
If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.
- Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.
The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom are wheelchair-accessible.
Please contact us at USAHonduras@state.gov for more information or to request reasonable accommodation.