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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 Houston and Denver Honorary Consulates.
Some of the notarial services provided 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.
For further information about these or other notarial services, please contact the Embassy or one of the Consulates-General.
*** There are some notarial acts that cannot be performed overseas. This includes apostilles. 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.
Under the Consular Fees Act of 1955, fees apply to notarial services. Fees are payable in USD$ only, in the form of either cash or credit card. The Embassy does not accept cheques.
Contact the Embassy or one of the Consulates-General for more information about payment and current fees.
What if I can't attend the Embassy?
Any documents that require the witnessing of signatures must be presented in person.
For authentications and the certifying of copies of original documents, however, you are not required to attend the Embassy.Instead, you can send your original documents to the Embassy together with clear instructions on your particular requirements as well as the correct payment. Payment in such cases is by credit card or U.S. Postal Money Order. If paying by credit card, you should enclose a completed Credit Card Authorisation Form with your documents. 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 is able to 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
*** As per the disclaimer below, it is your responsibility to present the documents to be notarised in the correct form and to provide clear instructions for the services you require.
If paying by credit card, you should enclose a completed Credit Card Authorisation Form with your documents. Documents that are mailed without the correct payment will be returned unprocessed.
*** Please ensure that documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy or Consulates-General in the United States, 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.