Embassy of Australia
United States of America

Notarial Services

Notarial services are provided by the Australian Embassy and Consulates-General for Australian documents or for foreign documents to be used in Australia.  

Under the Consular Fees Act of 1955, fees apply to notarial services.  Fees are payable in US dollars by Visa, Mastercard, US Postal Money Order, bank cheque or cash (exact change required), except in Los Angeles where payments are accepted only by Visa and Mastercard.    No office accepts cheques. 

The prices below are for June and July 2016.  All prices are in US dollars.

  • authentications ($14 per document)
  • apostilles ($43 per document)
  • certifying copies of original documents ($22 per document)
  • witnessing of signatures on certain documents ($14 per document)
  • the issuing of Certificates of No Impediment to marriage ($65)
  • the taking of statutory declarations ($14)
  • the administering of affidavits, oaths and affirmations ($14)

 

Before requesting a notarial service from our office, please make sure you know exactly what service you require.  You should confirm this with the organisation that requires your documents. We are not able to provide advice on which notarial service you need.  Further information on notarial services can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

 

Authenticating and/or Certifying Australian Education Certificates

The Embassy can only authenticate or make certified copies of education documents issued by an accredited Australian education authority. Please note that the education document must first have been verified by the central Student Administration office or the nominated representative of the issuing institution as a 'true and accurate record’ of the certificate issued to the student. You should contact the Australian institution where the certificate was issued for information on how to obtain their verification. Further information is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

We cannot authenticate or certify copies of education certificates issued by an education institution outside Australia. For these, you should contact the Embassy of the country in which the education certificate was issued.

Where to obtain notarial services

   LOCATION       

   DETAILS                                                                                                       

   CONTACT

   Chicago

   By appointment only

  Tel:  (312) 419 1480

  Email:  chicago@dfat.gov.au

    Honolulu  

    By appointment only

  Tel:  (808) 529 8100

   Houston

   By appointment only                  

  You must make an appointment

  online here

  Los Angeles

    TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS from 3pm to 4pm (no appointments)

   Tel:   (310) 229-2300

   New York

   By appointment only

   Fridays only - 9:30am-1:00pm and 2:00pm-4:00pm                                       

   You must make an

   appointment online  here

   San Francisco

   By appointment only

   Appointments must be made at least 48 hours in advance  

  Tel:   (415) 644-3620

   Washington

  WEDNESDAYS from 12pm-2pm  (no appointments)

  If you cannot attend during this time, please call to discuss

  Tel:  (202) 797 3183

 

Please note that our offices in Denver and Miami do NOT provide notarial services.

Do I have to come in person?

These notarial services can be done either by mail or in person:

  • Authentications
  • Certifying copies of original documents
  • Apostilles

All other services must be done in person.  This includes witnessing signatures (eg. for land transfers and driving licences), affadavits and wills.

If you wish to obtain an Authentication, Certified Copy or Apostille through the mail, you must send your original documents.  Make sure that you provide clear instructions on what services you want us to perform, including numbers of copies, and the payment. Payment include a Credit Card Authorisation Form or US Postal Money Order. Documents that are mailed without the correct payment will be returned unprocessed.

We recommend that you use a courier that allows you to track delivery of your documents. The Embassy can return your documents by FedEx for an additional charge of USD$15 for each outbound shipment of up to 0.5 pounds. If you prefer, you can provide a prepaid letter-sized envelope with the courier company of your choice.

Please address all mail to:

Consular Affairs
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036-2273

Disclaimer:  Please ensure that documents relating to Notarial services are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for witnessing any signatures on the documents. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to witnessing signatures on a particular document, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy or Consulates-General in the United States guarantee the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.

J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program

Australians who are subject to, but do not wish to comply with, the two-year home-country residence requirement, may apply for a waiver of that requirement under any one of the five applicable grounds provided for by US immigration law.  One of those grounds is on the basis of a "No Objection" Statement issued by the Australian Government. Information on applying for a "No Objection" Statement can be found here.