Document certification and notarial services
Notarial services are provided by the Australian Embassy and Australian Consulates-General. Notarial services include authenticating and certifying documents, witnessing signatures, taking of statutory declarations, affidavits, oaths and affirmations, and other services.
Under the Consular Fees Act 1955, fees apply to notarial services. In the US, fees are payable by Visa or Mastercard in US dollars only and may vary on a monthly basis, depending upon exchange rates. Cash and cheques are not accepted.
The following fees are applicable for March 2020:
|Notarial Service||AUD fee||USD fee|
|Administering an oath or receiving a declaration or affirmation||$73||$48|
|Effecting, or attempting to effect, service of a document and issuing a certificate or affidavit or service of a document||$73||$48|
|Witnessing a signature or seal on a form or declaration||$73||$48|
|Preparing a declaration or other document||$73||$48|
|Verifying and certifying a copy of a document or part of a document||$73||$48|
|Signing a document, or affixing a seal to a document or other article||$73||$48|
|Witnessing the execution of a will||$73||$48|
|Transmitting a document or other article through official channels||$73||$48|
|Transferring funds through official accounts, other than for the purposes of the realisation of a deceased estate||$73||$48|
|Preparation and issue of an Apostille certificate||$84||$56|
|Preparation and issue of an Authentication certificate||$84||$56|
|Preparation and issue of a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage||$148||$98|
Before requesting a notarial service, please make sure you know what service you require and confirm this with the organisation that requires your documents. We cannot provide advice on the notarial service you need.
DO I NEED TO COME IN PERSON?
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we ask that all notarial services which can be obtained through the mail are done via mail instead of in person. Services available by mail are:
- certified copies of original documents
All other services must be done in person. This includes witnessing signatures (e.g. for land transfers and driving licences), affidavits and wills.
To obtain an authentication, certified copy or apostille through the mail, you must send your original documents. Please provide clear instructions on the service/s you require (i.e. number of copies, which page/s) and a completed Credit Card Authorisation Form. Documents that are mailed without instructions and/or the correct payment cannot be processed.
We recommend that you use a courier that allows you to track delivery of your documents. You can provide a prepaid letter-sized envelope with the courier company of your choice or we can return your documents by FedEx at an additional cost of USD$15 for each outbound shipment of up to 0.5 pounds.
Please address all mail to:
Embassy of Australia
1145 17th St NW
Washington DC 20036-4707
Further information on notarial services can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
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.
Notarial services are provided by the Embassy and the Consulates-General by appointment only. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we ask that any services that can be completed by mail are done via mail using the instructions above, instead of in person. For services that must be done in person (eg. witnessing signatures for land transfers or driving licences, affidavits or wills), please contact your office below to make an appointment.
|Where||When and How|
|WASHINGTON DC||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please email Consular.Washington@dfat.gov.au with details of the service you require and your days of availability.|
|CHICAGO||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call (312) 419 1480 or email email@example.com.|
|HONOLULU||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Schedule your appointment online.|
|HOUSTON||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. To schedule an appointment, call (832) 962 8420.|
|LOS ANGELES||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 2pm to 4pm. Schedule your appointment online.|
|NEW YORK||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. FRIDAYS from 9:20am to 11:40am. Schedule your appointment online.|
|SAN FRANCISCO||BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call (415) 644 3620 at least 48 hours in advance.|
|MIAMI/DENVER||The Honorary Consulates in Miami and Denver do NOT provide notarial services.|
J-1 visa waiver ‘No Objection’ statement
Australian J-1 visa holders who are subject to, but do not wish to comply with, the two-year home country residence requirement (or Foreign Residence Requirement), may apply for a waiver of that requirement on the basis of a ‘No Objection’ statement issued by the Australian Government.
AUTHENTICATING AND/OR CERTIFYING AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION CERTIFICATES
We can only authenticate or make certified copies of education documents issued by an accredited Australian education authority. 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.