Notary Public Services FAQs

What is a Notary Public?

A notary public, also known as a public notary, is a senior lawyer who can administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents and perform certain other acts in relation to documents in Australia but intended to be used overseas.

At Phang Legal, we assist clients from all over the world sending documents to all parts of the world. Our notary details are recorded in the official register maintained by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which means that documents notarised by us will be promptly authenticated by DFAT without hassle or complication. Various foreign consulates and embassies also recognise us as providing notary public services and we appear in their lists of recommended notary publics. Make an appointment today to see our notary public to notarise your documents.

What does a Notary Public do?

  • A notary public attests documents and certifies the execution of the documents.
  • A notary public prepares and certifies certain legal documents.
  • A notary public administers oaths, witnesses affidavits, statutory declarations and other documents.
  • A notary public certifies copies of the documents.

What is an Apostille?

In Australia, an apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) certifying that a document has been notarised by a notary public. An apostille will only be recognised in a country that is a party to the Hauge Apostille Convention. To obtain an apostille, you must first make an appointment to see our notary public to notarise your documents.

If you are sending your document to a country that is not a party to the Hauge Apostille Convention, you must have your document Authenticated.

What is Authentication?

In Australia, DFAT will authenticate notarised documents by certifying that the documents were notarised by a notary public. Once DFAT have authenticated the document, you must take that authenticated document to the relevant consulate or embassy before it can be sent to the intended country for use. To obtain an authentication from DFAT, you must first make an appointment to see our notary public to notarise your documents.