Society of notaries queensland

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What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public (also known as a Notary or Public Notary) is an individual who is authorised to certify document within an overseas jurisdiction. Some transactions or contracts require documentation to be notarised by a Notary Public when the document will be used in another country. A  notary is different to a Justice of the Peace (JP) in the respect that a JP is only recognised within Australia. Notary Public is an international Justice of the Peace.

F.A.Q.

Common Questions

How do i make an appointment?

Find the contact information for your nearest notary and arrange an appointment via phone or email.

What should i take to the appointment?

You will need to produce an official government identity document which displays your signature and recent photograph, such as a current Passport or Driver’s Licence.

If you require a certified copy of an original document, you must bring with you the original and the Notary will copy it himself to ensure it is an exact replica.

Ensure you have your papers in order, prepared and ready to sign. It is not the Notary’s function to complete your document, things like full name and address should be attended to beforehand. However, refrain from actually signing the document until you meet with your Notary who must physically witness your signature.

What if the documents are in another language?

The notary must be satisfied that you fully understand the document being witnessed, particularly a document written in a foreign language.

The notary may require the document to be translated into English or that a qualified interpreter be present to explain the contents of the document to you if they are of the opinion that you do not fully understand or agree with its contents.

However most notaries will witness signatures to documents written in languages other than English if they are satisfied you fully understand and agree with its contents.

can a Notary give legal advice or draft legal documents?

Yes, a Notary Public can give legal advice and draft legal documents in Australia as they must be attorneys to be appointed a Notary Public. Please keep in mind that  additional fees may be charged for these legal services.

What is a Notary Service?

Depend on which country the document is going to and the nature of that document, and any authentication or legislation that applies will depend on the type of notary service you will require. Carefully read any written instructions you have regarding the manner your document is to be completed and signed before arraanging and attending an appointment.

Is a notary the same as a Justice of the peace?

A notary is different to a Justice of the Peace (JP) in the respect that a JP is only recognised within Australia. Notary Public is an international Justice of the Peace.

what is an eschatocol?

The eschatocol is a face page attached to the document to be notarised with knotted notary ribbon. The Notary completes the Certificate with appropriate text , signs it, and then applies his or her seal to complete the notarisation.