Notary and Other Services Frequently Asked Questions

No. The staff at the Embassy/Consulate cannot review or give you advice on your documents. Please review your documents and ensure you understand the contents before you appear for your appointment.

No. Our staff cannot act as witnesses. If your document requires the presence of witnesses in addition to the notarization, you must supply these witnesses and each witness MUST have their own scheduled appointment. Witnesses must bring their valid government-issued photo ID. You may also find someone in the waiting room willing to assist you as a witness.

There are public Thai notaries. You may want to make sure with the end recipient of you document on whether they will accept a Thai notary.

U.S. Consular Officers overseas are not empowered to authenticate public documents that were issued in the United States because they do not have access to the records of the issuing offices or the seals of the custodians of these records. Such documents include vital records (birth, marriage, death, and divorce), as well as academic, commercial, or other credentials.

Effective June 1, we CANNOT provide any affidavit that intends to replace official authentication or certification of a document described above, such as “I, John Citizen, affirm that my birth certificate/academic credentials/etc is genuine.” For more information, please refer to our Fact Sheet (PDF 348KB).

For information on how to obtain a U.S. criminal record check from a local/state police department or the FBI, click here. Or visit the FBI website click here.

The U.S. Embassy is able to provide fingerprint cards (Form FD-258) at no charge. No appointment is necessary to pick up the cards from the U.S. Embassy security entrance on the Visa/American Citizens Services side during normal business hours.  Alternately, you may download and print FBI fingerprint form FD-258.

The U.S. Embassy cannot perform the fingerprinting process.  Take the fingerprint card to the Thai Police Clearance Service center for inking.

The Police Clearance Service Center
Royal Thai Police, Building 24
Rama I
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Phone: 02-205-2168 or 2169

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