The U.S. Embassy in La Paz has resumed limited routine U.S. citizen services.
On May 7, 2018, Bolivia became part of the Hague Apostille Convention. As a result, the U.S. embassy is no longer authorized to legalize U.S. public documents for use in Bolivia. U.S. state-issued documents must be apostilled by the appropriate competent authority in the U.S. State where the document was issued. A list of U.S. state authorities may be found here. Federal documents may be apostilled by the Office of Authentications at the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Authentications. Once an Apostille is obtained, no other form of authentication is required.
Similarly, the U.S. Embassy in La Paz no longer performs routine authentication services for Bolivian public documents for use in the United States. Information on obtaining Apostilles for Bolivian public documents may be found on the Bolivian Foreign Ministry’s website here.
Additional information on the Apostille Convention and its application may be found on The Hague Convention website’s specialized Apostille Section.The American Citizens Services Unit provides limited notarial services similar to those performed by a notary public in the United States. This service is available to U.S. citizens and to foreign citizens who need to have documents notarized for use in the United States.
In order to provide more effective customer service, the American Citizens Services unit and the Consular Agency have an appointment system for all non-emergency services, including notarial services. We ask that you make an appointment before your visit. Our system allows you to plan your visit in advance, ensures shorter wait times, and allows more efficient handling of individual cases. Only customers with appointments will be admitted into the Consular Section for all non-emergency matters.