Notarial services are provided for American citizens and for individuals of any nationality requiring notarization of documents to be used in the United States. The most common requests include notarizing power of attorneys (PDF 832 KB) and affidavits (PDF 9 KB).
Affidavit of Free to Marry
U.S. citizens who wish to get married in Kyrgyzstan must complete an Affidavit of Free to Marry at the Embassy; please see our webpage on Marriage in the Kyrgyz Republic for additional information.
If a document signed by a person located in the United States must be notarized for use in the Kyrgyz Republic, that document should first be notarized in the United States and then submitted to the office of the Secretary of State of the state in which the notarial was performed to be affixed with an apostille. An “apostille” is a certificate issued by a designated authority in a country where a treaty called the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents applies. See a model Apostille (PDF 9 KB). The apostille consists of 10 elements. The Convention requires that all apostilles be numbered consecutively, with individual numbers applied to each apostille issued. Group or bulk numbers per customer rather than per document are not acceptable.
A document bearing an apostille is legal and valid in the Kyrgyz Republic as well as other countries that are signatories to the Hague Legalization Convention of 1961. For more information please see information below on Apostilles and Legalization of Documents.
The Embassy cannot authenticate or make certified copies of public documents or academic records issued in the United States. Information on how to authenticate public records and academic documents issued in the U.S. is as follows:
- For certified copies of a birth, death, marriage or divorce records issued in the United States you should contact the custodian of public records in the state where the record was issued. Follow this link for information on how to contact the custodian of public records in your state.
- You can find information on how to authenticate your academic credentials by following this link to the Department of State’s webpage on authentications.
- To request a certified copy of a Consular Report of Birth or Death, please click here for birth certificate and death certificate.
Please see the Department of State’s webpage on Notarial and Authentication Services for more information on notary services and document authentication.
Please Note: The Embassy cannot provide or certify official translations of documents.
The fee for notarial services is $50.00 per signature.
Apostilles and Legalization of Documents
An apostille is the equivalent of an international notarial seal. Any document which bears an apostille is legally valid for use in all countries party to the Hague Convention of 1961 on the legalization of documents. This includes both the United States and the Kyrgyz Republic.
To obtain an apostille on documents notarized in the United States (including civil records), you must apply to the Secretary of State in the state in which the document was notarized. The Secretary of State’s office will verify the notary public’s or other notarizing official’s signature by placing an apostille on the document.
If you need an Apostille on Kyrgyz civil documents these are the State institutions having the right to apostil documents of the Kyrgyz Republic in relation to the Convention:
- Ministry of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic;
- State Service on National Security of the Kyrgyz Republic;
- General Prosecutor Office of the Kyrgyz Republic;
- Court Department of the Kyrgyz Republic;
- Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Repulic;
- State service of financial police of the Kyrgyz Republic.
Please see the webpage of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Justice for further information on apostilles.
The U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic cannot place an apostille on documents issued or notarized in the United States. Some officials sometimes erroneously advise people to go to the American Embassy to get an official Embassy “stamp” on documents for use in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Embassy is not empowered under U.S., Kyrgyz, or international law to perform this function. Therefore, the Embassy cannot legally accommodate such requests. To legalize U.S. documents for use in Kyrgyzstan, you should follow the instructions given above for obtaining an apostille. Kyrgyz documents which must be notarized for use in Kyrgyzstan should be executed before Kyrgyz notaries public.
Please see the Department of State’s webpage on Judicial Assistance for further information on apostilles, document legalization, and the international treaties governing vital records.