Before seeing a notary it helps to discuss what is required. This is often shown in the requirements of the receiving party or lawyer abroad. It may be sensible to fax or email copies of the documents, if possible, before seeing the notary. The notary will need to be satisfied as to the identity of those attending before the notary. It is usual to do this by inspecting a passport or driver licence. A secondary document showing a home address, such as a utility bill or bank statement, may also be required.

The notary is required to ensure that the person signing a document understands it. Therefore, if documents are written in a foreign language, translation arrangements may be required. It is often the case that documents are presented which are shown in both a foreign language and English. Legal advice may be required prior to signing. 


Prior to the meeting:
  • Please make an appointment;
  • For more complex legal documents, fax or email us a copy, if possible;
  • If the document is not in English please let us know. A translation may be required.

To bring to the meeting:
  • Identity evidence that shows a photograph and specimen signature — for example, a current and valid passport or driver licence that will confirm your current address. A secondary identity document such as a utility bill may also be required;
  • Your original documents;
  •  Any instructions you have received from overseas;
  • If you are signing on behalf of a company or somebody else, all the documents that show you have the authority to sign.