Notary Appointments

Notarising documents is not as simple as turning up at the notary’s office and signing something. To make your notary appointment a success, take the time to follow these simple steps.

Where the notary public is required to witness your signature make sure that you:-

  1. Bring the entire original document to be signed with you;
  2. If the document is not in English bring a translation done by a NAATI accredited translator ;
  3. Bring your identification – In most cases this will be your passport and your driver’s licence; and
  4. have everyone who needs to sign the document at the appointment. Anyone who needs to sign a document must bring identification;

DO NOT SIGN THE DOCUMENT BEFORE YOU ARRIVE.

At the notary appointment, the notary public will check that the person named in the document is the same person as has been identified. The names must be identical.

It is very helpful if you can email the document in advance and can save you time at the appointment.

You should check before you arrive if you need an apostille.  If so, you will need an appointment with DFAT.

Where the notary public is required to certify a document as a true copy, make sure that you:-

  1. Bring the entire original document to be signed with you;
  2. Bring any necessary copies – colour photocopies are preferred; and
  3. Bring your identification – In most cases this will be your passport and your driver’s licence;

Where copies are not provided, a separate charge for copying will be made.

Remember: When you need a notary public – a JP or a solicitor cannot help.

 

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