I sometimes need to have documents notarized while travelling abroad. How can I find a notary in a foreign country? The U.S. embassies and consulates will notarize things for me, but this is inconvenient and expensive.

Specifically, I'm looking for this kind of service in the south of France / northern Italy.


In my specific case, I need a simple signature verification on a one-page U.S. form. In the U.S., I could walk into any Kinko's and get it done in 5 minutes for $10.

  • Changing question title to make this less 'broad'. – Ankur Banerjee Sep 29 '11 at 10:06
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    American embassies and consulates can notarize documents so that they can be used in the USA. A foreign notary may not be sufficient in some cases. – user27478 Sep 29 '11 at 12:22
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    Note that a US public notary is not at all the same thing as a French notaire. What specific service do you need? It's would be pretty weird to need to visit a notaire while traveling, so I don't think that's what you're after. – Gilles Sep 29 '11 at 20:41
  • What @Gilles said, but if instead you do need a notaio (in the case of Italy) then forget it to be less inconvenient and especially less expensive than whatever service your embassy can offer, unless those services cost hundreds of Euros. – SantiBailors Jun 21 '17 at 5:25

There is a list of Italian lawyers and notaries published by the Canadians. Maybe this might help you:



I had a signature certified today (June 2017) by a notary in Montpellier and it was really simple and easy.

I called the notary nearest me and asked if they would certify a signature ("certifier une signature"). They said no problem, that I could stop by anytime. I showed up, signed the document in front of him, and showed my passport as ID. He certified my signature with an official stamp.

The whole thing took 90 seconds and he didn't even charge me.

The document was in English (no French translation), but the notary didn't mind because, as he said, he was only certifying the signature, not the contents of the document.

Thought I would share this here as my experience was so different from everything I had read online about France: going to city hall, needing an official translation, paying $50 at the US embassy, etc.

It was just as straightforward as having something notarized in Canada.

Unrelated: I've also had a document notarized in Indonesia (long story) and it was equally easy.

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