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Australian Notary Services are committed to providing document preparation, notary, and legalisation services in a professional manner to our valued clients.

We provide Notary Public services to individuals, large and small businesses, Lawyers, Banks, and Statutory Authorities.

Our Notary services

We offer a full range of Notarial Services including taking your declarations and affidavits, certification of original documents, verification of identity, corporate verification, obtaining of Authentications or Apostilles and obtaining legalisation of documents from Embassies or Consulates.

Our aim is to provide you with the most efficient, professional, and convenient service and we look forward to being of assistance to you. Australian Notary Services is a highly regarded notarial service renowned for producing high quality, accurate documentation.

Public documents vs
Private documents


If your documents are public documents like original government documents such as:

We are then able to stamp those documents by an apostille or authenticated without notarisation. Otherwise, if you want to retain your original public document and you only want to send a certified copy to the intended destination country, then the certified copy of that public document must also be notarised by a notary public before it can be stamped with an apostille or authenticated for legalisation purposes.


If your documents are private documents like non-government documents such as:

Remember, those documents must be notarised by a notary public before they can be stamped with an apostille or authenticated.

We may also need verify the authenticity of the document with whoever issued it before we can notarise that document. This should be researched before you reach out to us. For example, education documents or qualifications must be verified with the relevant school, college, or university before they can be notarised and before we will accept them for the purpose of stamping them with an apostille or authenticated for legalisation purposes.

So, there are 3 kinds of notarisation types to choose from either.

Documents we can legalise in Australia

NOTE: When certifying a true copy of an original, bring the original document as well as the copy. They notary must be able to witness the original document.

We can only legalise Australian public documents, such as:

What to do
before you begin

We recommend you read this handy reference guide in full before you start your application for notarisation and legalisation of your documents.

This will ensure you can organise and collate your documents so we can get to work right away. And we aim to make the whole process as easy and smooth as possible.

Our guide below will help you understand the requirements of an application and avoid delays in processing. Updates to the process may be issued at any time.

Preparing your documents:


You may need either an apostille or an authentication for your documents, so find out first what is the best solution for your needs.


Ask the overseas authority which documents you need legalised. ANS can't advise you what you need legalised to use in another country.


Confirm the documents are eligible for legalising by ANS. We cannot verify certain international documents (e.g., birth certificates in another language, without a NAATI translation).


Some countries require additional services for notarisation of documents such as Attestation, Apostille and authentication. To find out if you’ll need any additional services, please check your destination country by starting the "START Your Notarisation" process.


We can also notarise signing documents in English, in your language, or both English and your language and will show a disclaimer stating that you are not fluent in that language. Let us know if this your situation.


Gather your documents and call us to make an appointment.

Making an appointment and submit in person:

  • Once you are ready, make an appointment at our office, where we can have your signature witnessed.
  • When signing your documents, you will need to bring ID with you.
  • Make sure you've prepared everything you need, PRIOR to your appointment. This will save time and stress and make the process easier.
  • If any documents are missing or non-compliant, we won’t be able to complete the processing of your documents, and this may hold things up. We will advise you what other evidence you are required to provide.
  • We cannot advise you on the drafting or creation of your specific documents or the requirements of countries or the contents of documents.
  • You will need to research what you need first and then book in a time with us to provide the notary services.
  • Bring a credit or debit card with you for payment. If you want your legalised documents returned to you by mail, we can arrange post for you.
  • Please note: We can arrange to express post or courier your document if you advised us upfront, and they will be charged the cost as an expense (Additional fees are applicable for returning the documents to you domestically (AU$11) or overseas (Approximately AU$121).
  • Please contact our office prior to personally dropping off documents to set an appointment time.

Contact us about your Documents:

Once you think you have all this information and know what you need done, then get in touch.

Get in touch

We can then move into the “6 Easy Steps”…. as shown on the home page!

IMPORTANT: All information contained on this page is for general purposes only and correct at the time of publication. Only rely on information and advice specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.