Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the consular section has limited appointment availability. Notarial appointments are limited to maximize social distancing and must be scheduled online.
Please note: The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on the following lists. Inclusion on this list is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. The information on the list is provided directly by the local service providers; the Department is not in a position to vouch for such information.
Please make an appointment for a notarial service.
If you have a power-of-attorney, affidavit, sworn statement, acknowledgement of execution, etc. that must be signed in the presence of a notary public, you may make an appointment on our online appointment system and come in person to the Embassy with the following:
- The document, completely filled in except for your signature and notarization section
- Your passport and/or another form of government issued photo ID (the name on the document’s signature line must match the name on the ID)
- If your document requires a witness signature, please bring an (unrelated) friend or colleague with you.
- The fee for each notary seal is US$50 or the equivalent in Bahraini dinars. This is payable in U.S. dollars, dinars, or by credit card.
Power of Attorney (POA)
A power of attorney allows you to designate someone to take legal actions on your behalf. A common example of this is empowering someone else to buy or sell property in the United States in your name while you are overseas. We cannot advise you on the specific language or content of a power of attorney, so you may wish to consult a lawyer or other appropriate advisor before coming to see us to have your power of attorney notarized.
Blank affidavit and Power-of-Attorney forms are not available at the Consular Section. Please fill out the form before you come to our office, but do not sign the form. You will need to sign it in front of a Consular Officer. We encourage you to have all documents prepared before your visit to the Embassy. Please note that each signature costs $50. There may be two signatures on one sheet of paper; the cost would then be $100. Or, your document could have fifty pages, but if there are only three places for a notarization, then the cost is $150.
If you are not a U.S. citizen, your document must be for use in the United States.
A note about Medallion Signature Guarantees: Unfortunately, consular officers are not authorized to provide a signature guarantee/medallion guarantee service. A Medallion Signature Guarantee is not a notary service, but a special procedure related to securities which can only be performed by an authorized representative of a financial institution participating in a medallion program approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be contacted at www.sec.gov.
Please note: If you are applying for a Bahraini residency visa, you may be told to have your civil and educational documents “stamped” or authenticated at the U.S. Embassy. This is not a service that the Embassy can provide. Please see the section below on Document Authentication. In addition, the Consular Section does not/not make certified copies of non-federal documents such as educational degrees and US state birth certificates.
Documents issued in one country which need to be used in a foreign country, such as powers of attorney, affidavits, and birth, death and marriages records, must be “authenticated”, “attested” or “legalized” before they can be recognized as valid in the foreign country.
Bahraini Document Authentication
You may authenticate Bahraini documents originating in the Kingdom of Bahrain at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Bahrain. The Kingdom of Bahrain is now a party to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
Apostilles are recognized in the U.S. without any further authentication.
Apostille is an international stamp that makes the document valid
U.S. Document Authentication
We recommend that U.S. citizens authenticate their documents (especially educational certificates, birth certificates and marriage certificates) in the U.S. before coming to Bahrain. The Embassy is unable to authenticate documents. Apostilles are recognized in Bahrain without any further authentication. Apostille is an international stamp that makes the document valid and legal in Bahrain.
The Kingdom of Bahrain is now a party to The Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.
For your document to be valid in Bahrain it needs to be legalized by a Hague Apostille. No embassy legalization is required. Documents bearing
Apostilles are recognized in Bahrain without any further authentication.
Apostille is an international stamp that makes the document valid and legal in Bahrain.
For more information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State Office of Authentications.