Notarial Services

Due to pandemic-related operational and staffing changes, U.S. Embassy Sarajevo is only offering limited notarial services for U.S. citizens. Many states accept documents notarized online. See your state’s State Notary Handbook to find out if they accept online notarizations.

Notarial services are available to all U.S. passport holders with documents destined for use in the United States. The individual who needs to sign the document must appear in person at Consular Section, present proper identification in the form of a government-issued document with photograph. If witnesses are required, you must bring your own; consular staff members are prohibited by regulations from acting as witnesses. Do not sign your document until requested to do so by the consular officer.

Please schedule an appointment for a notarial service online.  We encourage you to check out our Tips for Visiting the Embassy page.

Note: Consular officers are prohibited from offering legal advice on the form or content of documents to be notarized. Additionally, consuls are not authorized to certify true copies of academic credentials, college transcripts or diplomas.

Fees

The fee for any notarial service (one notarial seal) is US $50.

Obtaining certification (Apostille) for use in the United States

In order to use a public document (e.g. birth or marriage certificate, divorce decree, notarized documents) issued in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the United States, the document has to be certified by an apostille under the 1961 Hague Convention, to which BiH and the United States are both parties.

In BiH, an apostille is issued by municipal courts. There is a fee for the certification. Check with the local court for current information on fees.

Check with the institution in the United States where you plan to submit the document to determine whether translation is required and whether the translation requires an apostille. Lists of certified translators for English are available from municipal courts and from the websites of the Ministry of Justice for the Federation of BiH and for Republika Srpska.