What is a Public Notary?
A Public Notary, also known as a Notary Public or Notary, is a practising solicitor appointed by the Supreme Court of Western Australia.
A Public Notary is given statutory powers to administer oaths, affirmations, take affidavits & statutory declarations, authenticate, prepare, attest, verify, witness and certify original and a copy of legal documents to be used internationally.
What is the difference between Justice of Peace and Public Notary?
In Australia, the main difference between a Public Notary and a Justice of Peace is that a Public Notary is recognised overseas (i.e. outside of Australia) while a Justice of Peace is only recognised within Australia.
The role of a Public Notary can be best described as an “International Justice of Peace”.
If a document is to be used outside Australia, the document may require to be notarised by a Public Notary.
Why do I need to see a Public Notary?
In order to use certain documents outside Australia, you may be required to have such documents Legalised for use in that country.
This is where the role of Public Notary comes in.
A Public Notary has the authority to authenticate and witness documents and signatures on documents.
Further steps in the Legalisation process may need to be carried out in order for the document to be used outside Australia.
Where are you located?
We are located at:
Level 1, 422 Fitzgerald Street
North Perth WA 6006 Australia
Landmark - Opposite North Perth Plaza, in the building next to Chemist Warehouse on the first floor/level 1.
Please note that we are on the first floor/level 1 and there is no lift in the building.
Please click here for the map.
What languages can you speak?
We speak English, Hindi and Punjabi.
Can you issue a notarial certificate?
Yes, a Notarial Certificate can be issued if requested. Additional fee applies.
Can you provide legal advice?
Yes, as solicitors, we can provide legal advice. Additional fee applies.
How long does an appointment take?
An appointment generaly lasts for 10-15 minutes, however depending on the number and/or complexity of the documents, additional time may be required.
Do you offer any other legal services?
Yes. We offer services associated with notary services such as the drafting of documents, including Powers of Attorney, etc.
We also provide legal services in the area of Family Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Business Law, & Business Settlements, Wills, Estate Planning, Probate and Property Law.
Do you provide after-hours, weekend & Public Holiday notary services?
We generally take appointments between 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday on all business days.
However, in case of urgency, we provide after business hours, weekend & Public Holiday appointments, subject to availability of the Public Notary. Additional fee may apply for the same.
Do I need to come to your office?
If you require the Public Notary to witness your signatures or fingerprints on a document, or verify your photograph, we shall need to see you in person.
If you only require us to certify a document as a true copy of its original, (except where your photograph on the document also needs to be verified) you may send your original documents through someone else.
I need to have a copy of my University degree notarised, can you help?
Yes, we can, if your university features in the attached list. For further information please contact our office, and we will discuss the process with you.
How Can Public Notary help me with Indian driver’s license verification in Western Australia?
If there is a difference in the name mentioned on your Driver’s License and your passport, the Indian consulate will give you the option of going to a Public Notary in Western Australia, to get a verification that the names on the two documents relate to one and the same person.
The same can be done by way of a Statutory Declaration. We can draft the same for you. Additional fees apply.
Is there any document that you do not notarise?
We do not notarise Foreign Academic Credentials.
Do you check or advise on the contents of the document(s)?
Please note that we do not either check or comment on the document(s) or provide any legal advice on the document(s) or their contents nor can we comment or advise on their suitability or adequacy for the desired purpose.
It is for you to present the document(s) in the correct form for notarisation.
Legalisation? / What is after notarisation,
The formality by which the diplomatic or consular agents of the country in which the [public] document has to be produced, certify the authenticity of the signature, the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted and, where appropriate, the identity of the seal or stamp which it bears.*
*The Hague Conference’s Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Document, Article 2.
If you have an Australian document that needs to be used in a foreign country or by a foreign government, you will need to contact that country's consulate or embassy to check what their requirements are.
Before a document is Apostilled, it will have to be notarised by a Public Notary.
An Apostille means a certificate issued by the government of a country, (in this case Australia) authenticating the signatures and or seal of a public official (in this case that of the Public Notary) or public document issued by that country and intended for use in a foreign country.
As a general rule, countries that are a member of the Hague Apostille Convention require an Apostille.
To check if the country where you are sending your document is a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, please check Hague Conference on Private International Law.
Some countries, despite being a member of the Hague Apostille Convention, may not require an Apostille.
Before a document is Authenticated, it will have to be notarised by a Public Notary.
As a general rule, countries which are not members of the Hague Apostille Convention require the documents to be Legalised by their respective consulate or embassy.
Most consulates will only Legalise a notarial document if it has been Authenticated by DFAT.
Some consulates/embassies will dispense with this requirement if they have a sample of the notaries signatures and seals.
DFAT can issue both Apostille and Authentication Certificates.
For both Apostille and Authentication Certificates, DFAT charges a fee, please check with DFAT.
An appointment is required, with DFAT.
Both Apostille and Authentication Certificates, certify the authenticity of the notaries’ signatures and seals on the document.
However, before you proceed further, please check with the government of the country concerned, to find out what stamp Apostille or Authentication, if any is required.
This advice can only be provided by the overseas government you are dealing with or from their consulates or embassies in Australia.
For a list of consulates or embassies in Australia, please click here.
For certain countries and certain documents, some additional Legalisation requirements may be required. Please check with the country of intended use.
Please be advised that it is not the responsibility of the Public Notary to advise on the official requirements or processes of the Australian Government and/or the foreign country where the notarised document is destined for use. You should make your own enquiries.
Bargain Legal Pty Ltd (ABN 92 608 034 395) trading as Notary Express.
Mailing Address: PO BOX 313, North Perth WA 6906 Australia.
Phone: +61 8 6262 9701
Mobile: +61 426 240 264
Fax: +61 8 9328 6019
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