The following documents cannot be notarized at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate:
Apostille/Legalize U.S. Birth/Marriage/Divorce/Death Certificate
U.S. Embassies and Consulates do not have the authority to affix an “apostille” to American documents. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. The Secretary of State in the State where the document was issued is authorized to affix the Apostille on a birth/death certificate. The apostille will officially authenticate the signature and seal of your state issued certificate for use in another country.
Certified Copy of Academic Credentials
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide this service. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. Please contact the issuing educational institution. More information is available from the Department of State website here.
Criminal Background Check
The Embassy and Consulates do not provide this service. Please do not schedule an appointment for this.
As of January 2009, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) is providing fingerprint services for U.S. citizens in Moscow. For more information, please read at Criminal Records Checks and Fingerprinting
Medallion Signature Guarantee
A consular officer cannot perform a Medallion Signature Guarantee (which is a financial institution’s guarantee that an investor’s signature is genuine as well as its acceptance of any liability for any forgery within the securities transfer instruction) .Please do not schedule an appointment for this.
For more information, 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 Assistance, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Obtain Copies of U.S. Vital Records
The Embassy and Consulates cannot provide copies of U.S. vital records. Please do not schedule an appointment for this. In order to obtain any state government issued document concerning birth, death, marriage or divorce, you may order one from the website of the National Center for Health Statistics.
Certify Official Translations of Documents
The Embassy cannot provide or certify official translations of documents.
The Embassy can provide a List of Translation Centers (PDF, 102 KB) that certify their translations. This list is provided for information only; the Embassy cannot guarantee the work or these agencies, nor can the Embassy assume responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of these agencies.