Consular officials at any U.S. embassy or consulate abroad can provide a service similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. Like a notary public, the consular official must require the personal appearance of the person requesting the notarial service; establish the identity of the person requesting the service; establish that the person understands the nature, language and consequences of the document to be notarized; and establish that the person is not acting under duress. In addition to the usual functions of notaries related to oaths, affidavits and acknowledgments, U.S. consular officials authenticate documents, a governmental act, which is not performed by notaries in the United States.
American citizens abroad are generally subject to U.S. income tax. The American Citizen Services unit can provide some Federal tax forms and publications. We cannot, however, offer tax advice. More information is available with the Internal Revenue Service.
American citizens abroad can qualify to vote in Federal elections and many state and local contests. Contact the American Citizen Services unit for assistance in registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot, and submitting a ballot come Election Day. More information is available at the Federal Voting Assistance website.
The Voting Assistance Officer at the U.S. Embassy, Nassau is also always available to answer questions about absentee voting.
To contact the Voting Assistance Officer send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.