U.S. Notarial Services
De Pinna provides a full range of notarial services to both U.S. citizens and others requiring documents to be notarised for use in every State in the U.S.A.
One of the questions we are most frequently asked is “are you a U.S. Notary?” The answer is no, but we can still help.
The only Notaries entitled to practise in England and Wales are those who have qualified here. Documents notarised by an English and Welsh Notary will however be accepted by the relevant authorities in the U.S.A.
Officially documents notarised by an English and Welsh Notary require legalisation by Apostille of The Hague Convention of 5th October 1961(issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). This requirement is often waived – we would strongly advise you to obtain confirmation whether or not the Apostille is required for your document. If it is required, we can arrange this on your behalf.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes. Please contact us to arrange an appointment. We can usually accommodate at short notice but booking in advance is preferable.
How much does it cost?
Our fees depend upon the number and nature of the documents to be notarised. If you would like a fee estimate in advance, please email the document(s) and we shall be happy to provide one. Where multiple documents are being signed by the same signatories, we normally apply a considerable volume discount.
What do I need to bring?
We will need to see original proof of identity (i.e. passport) and proof of residential address (e.g. bank statement, utility bill, Driver’s license etc.) for all signatories. We will also need all pages of any document to be notarised. We cannot notarise stand-alone signature pages. If your document refers to attachments or exhibits, you must have these with you when you sign. Documents should be filled out in full. Please contact us should you be in any doubt.
If you are signing on behalf of a company or other entity, we may also need to see proof of its existence and your authority to represent it.
Please also bring any instructions you may have. Requirements do vary from State to State.
How long does it take?
It will depend upon the number and nature of the documents. Our Notaries will be happy to advise you on this. Should the document require legalisation by Apostille, it is advisable to factor in the extra time required. We can provide pdf copies and courier original documents if required.