Australian Embassy
Republic of Korea
Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Notarial Services

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Notarial services are available by Appointment only, apart from Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9 and 12 with an exception of Apostille.

For detailed information of the services we can provide, please visit:
http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents-overseas.html

Fees apply for all services. Fees may be paid by credit card or debit card.

Please allow two standard business working days for collection of some documents - see separate guidelines for each document.

Please bring photograph identification which shows your current name and signature. A passport or photo driver's licence would normally be sufficient, however check the instructions that come with your documents as occasionally several forms of identification are required.

 

Notarial Fees:

The fees for Notarial Acts increased on 1 January 2017.  Further information can be obtained on the fee increase at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Website.

In the May 2016 Federal Budget the Government committed to an increase in Notarial fees. Notarial fees have not increased for 16 years, since 1 July 2000, and the new fee structure will simplify the existing fee structure. The new fee schedule takes into account the annual rate of inflation in Australia since fees were last increased, the growing cost of delivering notarial services and rising demand.  From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees will increase annually in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

 

What are notarial services?

Some Australian Federal and State laws require that a signature on a document be witnessed by an Australian Consular Officer or have other procedures applied before the document can be used for legal purposes, or in an Australian court of law.  Solicitors, justices of the peace, and notaries public normally perform these functions in Australia. It is possible for solicitors, justices of the peace or public notaries in Korea to also perform these services.

Notarial services are provided by Consular Officers for Australians. They are also provided in cases where the documents are Australian in origin, or are intended for use in Australia, or have been requested by an Australian Federal, State or Local Government authority.  We are unable to provide notarial services related to visa or migration.

 

Authority to perform notarial acts

It is the responsibility of the person seeking notarial services from the Australian Embassy to provide legislative proof that an Australian Consular Official holds the authority to perform the notarial services requested. 

Please make sure you check with the end recipient of the document(s), and/or with your lawyer, that a Consular Official has the authority to perform the procedure required on your documents.

Please check with the recipient of your document/s whether a signature by a Consular Officer is an acceptable substitute for a JP or Notary Public.  If the end recipient of your document specifies that it must be signed/witnessed by a Notary Public, please ask for a listing of Notaries in Korea.

You may also wish to investigate whether your document can be witnessed by another professional in Korea (for instance a local doctor or accountant), including one who may also have accreditation in Australia, for instance an Australian Chartered Accountant living in Korea.

Consular staff cannot provide advice on specific legal requirements, including what documents need to be signed or certified.  Papers should be presented to officers in an ordered fashion and clear instructions should be given on your particular requirements.  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 Embassy of Australia Seoul guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.

 

'Identifiers Certificates' or 'Verification of Identity Certificates'

The Embassy can complete the DFAT Identity Certificate for land, property or mortgage transactions.  The Embassy will not sign or complete any other 'Identifiers Certificates' or 'Verification of Identity Certificates' for land transfer or mortgage document.  You should check with your Australian representative what is required, and if the DFAT Identity Certificate is suitable, before visiting the Australian Embassy.  We cannot provide advice on what documents you need to be witnessed or certified.  

Our role is limited to:

  • certifying copies of identity (e.g. passports etc) or supporting documents (e.g. rates notices etc);
  • completing the DFAT Identity Certificate; and
  • witnessing your signature on land or property documents (e.g. land transfer form, authority to appoint an agent form etc).

Further information can be found at http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents-overseas.html under the heading "Selling or buying land or property in Australia?"

 

Notarial services we cannot provide

Please be aware that Consular Staff are unable to make any endorsement as to the identity of a person, and as such we are unable to endorse photographs as being a true photograph of an applicant.

The Embassy will not provide Letters of No Objection on behalf of the Australian Government.