What is a Notary Public?
A notary public is a person who is recognised by law as having the ability to verify the signing of a deed, certify that copies of documents are authentic, especially for overseas purposes, and witness documents which are from another country.
A notary public uses an official stamp which they place on official documents when they sign it.
Functions of a Notary Public
Their principal duties include:
- Witnessing affidavits, statutory declarations and other documents for use in Australia and internationally.
- Certification of copy documents for use Australia.
- To confirm, attest or authenticate the truth of any document for use in a foreign country.
- To draw up shipping protests and other formal papers relating to the voyage of ships, their navigation and the carriage of cargo.
- To certify transactions relating to negotiable instruments and to protest foreign bills of exchange when dishonoured.
- The translation of legal and commercial documents from foreign languages to English.
- The preparation of certain legal instruments (eg. power of attorney) intended for operation abroad.
- Administering of oaths for use in Australia and internationally
Fees Notary Publics can charge a fee for their services and generally this amount to their hourly rate.