Apostilles required by Irish authorities in order to get married in Ireland
The U.S. Embassy cannot complete Apostilles on U.S. issued birth certificates for the purpose of getting married in Ireland. The Secretary of State offices in each state have control of vital record documents, please use a search engine and search "secretary of state office ____________" followed by which state you require for instructions on how to get an Apostille for that state.
The Embassy can only notarize documents intended for use in the United States. The embassy can notarize a copy of your Irish passport for U.S. tax filing purposes, or documents in connection with U.S. visas, property, power of attorneys or other legal purposes. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for any items not listed or specific questions regarding the process.
Notarial services can be performed at the U.S. Embassy Dublin by appointment only. Schedule, reschedule or cancel an appointment. If you receive an e-mail confirmation of your appointment, there is no need to call or otherwise confirm your appointment.
You must come in person to this office and:
Bring valid government-issued photo ID. See below Identification Required.
Bring your documents to be notarized. You must understand your documents as we are not allowed to explain the contents to you.
You must have filled in the document with the appropriate names, places and dates. However, DO NOT sign your document – you will sign at the Embassy in front of the notary.
If your document requires witnesses in addition to the notary, you must supply these witnesses. Our staff cannot serve as witnesses.
You must have all pages of a document with you. Ensure that documents are organized and clearly marked as to which parts require notarization, and which documents should be attached to each other.
You must pay the appropriate fees: Notarials, Certifications of True Copies, Authentications, provision of Department of State records. The fee is $50.00 for each notarized page. We accept cash, dollars or euro. We also accept Mastercard, Visa (debit/credit), American Express, Diner’s Club and Discover credit cards. Unfortunately, the Embassy is unable to accept personal checks.
Notarial Services are offered by online appointment, please see appointment systems for available times.
Government-issued photo identification - such as a drivers license or passport. If your name has changed due to marriage or divorce, and you do not have identification in either your married or divorced name, we request an original of the civil marriage certificate or divorce certificate as proof of your name change be presented.
Types of Notarials
An acknowledgement of execution is used for legal agreements, deeds, powers of attorney, bills of sale, business documents, corporate acknowledgements, etc. for use in the United States.
A Notarized Acknowledgement, signed by a Consular Officer, for a current US Driver's License can be provided for the purpose of applying for an Irish Driver's License.
An affidavit is a sworn statement made by you. Write out the statement you wish to make, but do not sign the document until you are present in front of the Consul Officer at the Embassy.
WHAT DOCUMENTS WE CANNOT NOTARIZE AT THE EMBASSY
Please note that we cannot authenticate U.S. official documents such as birth certificates, marriages certificate, divorce decrees, death certificates etc. For more information please review the Authentication of U.S. State-issued Documents webpage on this site.
Medallion Signature Guarantees
A consular officer cannot perform a Medallion Signature Guarantee (which is a special type of signature acknowledgement sometimes required for the exchange of securities.) While some financial institutions may accept a document notarized by a consul officer at the U.S. Embassy, in lieu of a medallion signature, we would advise you obtain confirmation from the financial institution prior to arranging a notary service appointment.
For more information on Medallion Signature Guarantee, see the Securities and Exchange Commission's website. General questions about Medallion Signature Guarantees should be directed to the SEC's Office of Investor Education and Advocacy online at https://tts.sec.gov/oiea/QuestionsAndComments.html, by phone at 1-800-SEC-0330, by fax at 202-772-9295, or by mail to 100 F Street, NE, Washington, D.C., 20549-0213.
We are aware of one firm in Ireland which can, perform Medallion Signature Guarantees subject to their requirements. Please contact this firm directly for further information. Please be advised this does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and we assume no responsibility for any transaction undertaken with this firm.
Davy Probate and Trust Services
49 Dawson Street
Tel: (01) 679-7799
Notaries Public in Ireland
To find a Notary Public in Ireland, please visit the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland website here.
Please note - if you require notarial services in order to notarize the DS-3053 consent form for renewing a minor U.S. passport, both the consent form and a copy of government issued photo identification of the non-appearing parent must be notarized.