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To Apostille or Not to Apostille?

Apostilling is the method of legalising a document in order for it to be recognised and used overseas.

Before your document is apostilled, it will usually be witnessed and certified by an Australian public notary who verifies the originality of a document or the signature of a signatory.

Sometimes a relevant authority who instructs you to get a document notarised will also require an apostille certificate.

Many are under the impression that an Australian public notary can issue an apostille. This is not the case. Essentially, it is at the discretion of the overseas authority who will decide (and should inform you) whether or not you require an apostille as there is not a one-size-fits-all when it comes to these matters.

For any questions or assistance required in this area please contact us at notary@bannermans.com.au