If you are submitting a document to another country, then you may have been asked to have the document(s) certified by a Notary Public as opposed to a Commissioner For Oaths. A Notary Public is generally a solicitor, however, this isn’t always the case. For example, in America, notaries are not regulated, meaning that there are in excess of 4 million compared to just 700 in the UK. When contacted, a Notary Public has his or her own unique Seal which they will apply to the document(s), that have to be Notarised, alongside their signature.
In order to make it easier for you to find your nearest Notary Public, please use our global search tool for firms that our clients have used. Alternatively use one of the Association Links below for Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America.
A notary, in almost all common law jurisdictions (other than most of North America), is a legal practitioner trained in the drafting and execution of legal documents. Notaries record matters of judicial importance as well as private transactions or events where an officially authenticated record or a document drawn up with professional skill or knowledge was required. The functions of notaries specifically include the preparation of certain types of documents (including international contracts, deeds, wills, and powers of attorney) and certification of their due execution, administering of oaths, witnessing affidavits and statutory declarations, certification of copy documents and much more. This explanation is outlined by the National Directory of Public Notaries in Australia.
You can find a Notary Public in Australia through their association link: www.notarylocator.com.au. In The United Kingdom it is www.thenotariessociety.org.uk/find-a-notary and in the United States of America you can use the following link: www.asnnotary.org/form=locator
A Notary Public has his or her own unique Seal which they will apply to the document(s), that have to be Notarised, alongside their signature. For example in the United Kingdom, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office hold a register of the Seals and Signatures for each Notary Public registered in England and Wales. It may well be that the Seal and Signature have to be authenticated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in which case they will issue a certificate known as an Apostille. There is a charge for this service, on top of the fees charged by the Notary Public. Some States in The United States of America do not require an Ink Seal such as Connecticut and Kentucky.