Notarial services are available by Appointment only
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.
Below is a summary of what services we can provide. For detailed information of the services we can provide, please visit:
Fees apply for all services. Fees are only accepted by credit card or debit card.
If you have difficulties booking an appointment online, please email the consular section at [email protected]
Notarial Services by mail
Appointments are required for all notarial services.
Please allow two standard business working days for collection of some documents - see separate guidelines for each document.
What to Bring
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.
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.
Letters of No Objection
The Embassy will not provide Letters of No Objection on behalf of the Australian Government.