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PLEASE NOTE: The Embassy provides Notarial services on Fridays between 10 am and 12 noon or by appointment only.
Notarial services are provided by the Australian Embassy and the Australian Consulates-General in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Honolulu and San Francisco. These services are not available at the Honorary Consulates in Houston, Miami and Denver. Further information on Notarial Services is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smartraveller website.
Under the Consular Fees Act of 1955, fees apply to Notarial services. Fees are payable in United States dollars only, in the form of cash, credit card or U.S. Postal Money Order. The Embassy does not accept cheques.
Notarial services available include:
- authentications (and the binding of documents presented for authentication);
- certifying copies of original documents;
- witnessing of signatures on certain documents;
- the issuing of Certificates of No Impediment to marriage;
- the taking of statutory declarations; and
- the administering of affidavits, oaths and affirmations.
NOTE: Some Notarial acts, including Apostilles, cannot be performed outside Australia. Those requiring an Apostille should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade state or territory offices in Adelaide, Hobart, Darwin, Perth or Brisbane, or the Australian Passport Offices in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne or Newcastle.
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.
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.
Do I Need to Come to the Embassy?
For Authentications and Certifying Copies of Original Documents, you do not have to come to the Embassy. You may send us your original documents with clear instructions on your requirements and the correct payment. Payment must be by credit card using the Credit Card Authorisation Form which you should include with your documents or U.S. Postal Money Order. Documents that are mailed without the correct payment will be returned unprocessed.
If you do send your documents, we recommend that you use a courier that allows you to track their delivery. The Embassy can return your documents by Federal Express for an additional charge of USD$15 for each outbound shipment of up to 8 ounces. If you prefer, you can provide a prepaid letter-sized envelope with the courier company of your choice.
For Notarial services, please address all mail to:
Embassy of Australia
1601 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington DC 20036-2273
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.