Information about “Taking Voluntary Depositions from Willing Witnesses” can be found on the Thailand legal page of the Travel.State.Gov website at

Please contact American Citizen Services (ACS) at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok if you require the services of a U.S Consular officer to do any of the following:

  • Take oral or written depositions
  • Assist with contacting witnesses and/or arranging for a stenographer, videographer or interpreter (Please note that resource constraints generally require that this function be performed by requesting counsel.)
  • Administer oaths (and withdraw, subject to recall)
  • Instruct the stenographer or video operator
  • Notarize affidavits
  • Prepare a closing certificate

The following fees are associated with taking depositions or executing commissions to take testimony:

  • Scheduling/arranging appointments for depositions, including depositions by video teleconference (per daily appointment)–$1,283
  • Attending or taking depositions, or executing commissions to take testimony (per hour or part thereof)–$309 per hour plus expenses
  • Swearing in witnesses for telephone depositions–Consular time ($135/hour) plus expenses
  • Supervising telephone depositions (per hour or part thereof over the first hour)–Consular time ($135/hour) plus expenses
  • Providing seal and certification of depositions–$415

Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $1,283 must be paid in the form of a certified check or money order to U.S. Embassy Bangkok before a deposition can be scheduled.