The Embassy of Australia Seoul provides the following legalisation/certification services by mail:
Foreign governments sometimes need proof that the signatures of Australian officials on public documents are genuine before they can be accepted. The Embassy will certify that a signature, stamp or seal on an official Australian public document is genuine by checking it against a specimen held on file, and provide a certificate (stamp) in the form of an ‘Authentication’ or an ‘Apostille’ stating certain facts. The Authentication or Apostille is then signed by the Embassy staff and sealed with a wet and a dry seal.
Private documents, for example, original documents issued by private schools/colleges, primary and secondary school must be notarised by an Australian Notary Public prior to legalisation. They must state that 'the original record has been verified with the issuing institution'. A statement by a Notary Public that the document is a ‘true copy’ does not satisfy verification.
-Certifying a copy of an original document
The Embassy also can certify copies of original documents. The documents must be Australian, or documents that will be used in Australia. We will photocopy your documents and apply the following certification: “This is a true copy of the document presented to me.” These are DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) approved words and cannot change. If you need a different form of words, then you will need to take your documents to an alternative provider.
The Embassy issues a certified copy of Australian Driver's License for clients who intend to exchange their Australian Driver's License into Korean Driver's License.
For detailed information, please visit smartraveller.gov.au - Notarial services and document legalisation overseas
Please send the requirements for the service as follows:
2. Original document that you wish to get Apostille/Authentication/Certified copy of an original document
If the original document was issued electronically, please forward the source email (email sent by the issuing authority) to [email protected].
※Please be advised that according to the Australian Federal Police, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade can no longer issue Apostille on Digital National Police Certificate available as a PDF file. Clients seeking apostille for Police Checks must now present a hard copy to the Embassy for legalisation.
Australian University Documents
Due to the increased risk of fraud, all Australian university education documents must be verified by the central Student Administration office or the nominated representative of the Issuing institution as a ‘true and accurate record’ before the document can be legalised by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade- Australian Embassy Seoul. This is to satisfy the public policy that all university documents must be verified prior to being legalised by DFAT.
Please choose one of the options below to meet DFAT verification requirements.
1) Share My eQuals electronic documents to [email protected]
2) Most Australian Universities have an online verification available on their website, either through a public roll or searchable database. Please print out the result page and send it with other required documents. Click here to see the list of universities with online verification services.
3) Request Student Centre to send an email to [email protected]. The email should include your academic details-name, date of the conferral and award.
※Australian Public/Private University documents notarised by an Australian Notary Public can be submitted for legalisation without satisfying verification requirements. They must state that 'the original record has been verified with the issuing institution'. A statement by a Notary Public that the document is a ‘true copy’ does not satisfy verification.
Please send your documents to the following postal address.
Australian Embassy Seoul,
Consular Service Section,
19 th Floor, Kyobo Building,
1, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (03154)
From 2018 onwards, notarial service fees may change monthly in line with the Consumer Price Index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
1) Certifying a copy of an original document - ₩67,500
2) Apostilles/Authentications - ₩78,000
We will charge you one certification fee per document that requires certifying in KRW.
For payment, only credit cards and debit cards are accepted. The Embassy no longer accepts cash.
Please fill in the card details correctly on the credit/debit card authorisation form. Do not send the physical card to the Embassy.
You can either collect the document at the Embassy or receive it by courier service-cash on delivery. Please specify the option on the Notarial Request Form & Credit/Debit Card Authorisation Form.
1) Collect - The Embassy will send you an email when your document is finalised. (Please also check your spam/junk folder.) The counter hours for collection are Monday to Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm. You can collect your document without making an appointment. Please bring your ID for collection.
2) Courier service (cash on delivery) - Recipients need to prepare cash when they receive their documents. Different fees will apply based on the recipients' address.
Seoul - 6,000 Korean Won
Outside Seoul - 7,000 Korean Won
Jeju-do - 12,000 Korean Won
-Please be aware that the turnaround time for mailed-in applications is approximately 2-3 working days for pickup or 5-7 working days when receiving it via post.
-We recommend that you send your document via registered post. The Embassy cannot take responsibility for document lost in the mail.
-We may bind together multiple page or double sided documents at no extra cost, where there is insufficient space to affix the certificate on the document. To bind documents together we will need to punch a hole through the papers so we can insert our binding ribbon. Pages, once bound together, cannot be separated.
-We are closed on public holidays. For more information, please see About us.