In the US, you can find a notary on every corner, and at least in NC, it costs about 5 bucks for a stamp.
I was recently sent a document that I needed to notarize and send back. Thing is, I’m in the Czech Republic. So I did what any good American would do while abroad, and checked out the US Embassy website in Prague:
“The fee of $50 per seal can be paid in U.S. dollars, Czech korun or by credit card.”
…what? $50? That shit costs $5 back home. Maybe it’s because there are far fewer notaries abroad, right?
So I checked with a few local notaries in Prague…35 CZK, or about $1.87 per stamp. Sure, it’s in Czech, but I emailed the lawyer and it doesn’t matter. Fuck the embassy and their “service to American citizens” in this case. Yes, I understand there may be some benefit to having the embassy do it that I haven’t seen, other than convenience, but the Czech stamp works just fine and costs $48 less. That’s enough for a well-timed RyanAir or EasyJet flight or two.
Don’t ever think it’s only foreigners trying to rip off tourists.