What is a Notary Public?

The main purpose of a notary public is to witness signatures, authenticating documents and preparing documents for overseas. A notary public is a solicitor or lawyer who has taken further qualifications to become a notary public. The notary qualification allows the individual to administer oaths and certify the authenticity of documents.


Do I need a Notary Public?

There are certain circumstances when you will require a notary public. Certain documents specifically require and state that a ‘notary’ is essential for witnessing these forms of documents.

However, in most circumstances a document can be authenticated by a standard solicitor. To find out what your document requires contact our office:

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Notary Public Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Notary Public do?

A Notary is a certified attorney – an individual from the third and most established part of the legitimate calling in England and Wales. Public accountants are designated by the Court of Faculties of the Archbishop of Canterbury and are dependent upon guideline by the Master of the Faculties. The standards which influence Notaries are fundamentally the same as the guidelines which influence Solicitors. They should be completely guaranteed and keep up devotion spread for the insurance of their customers and the general population. They should keep customers’ cash independently from their own and agree to severe practice rules and rules identifying with lead and order. Legal officials need to restore their rehearsing endorsements consistently and can possibly do as such on the off chance that they have agreed to the guidelines.

Capacities of a Notary Public

Legal officials are essentially worried about the validation and accreditation of marks, authority and limit identifying with reports for utilize abroad.

They are likewise approved to direct broad lawful work on (barring the lead of court procedures, for example, conveyancing and probate. They may practice the forces of a Commissioner for Oaths.

Most of Notaries Public likewise practice as specialists yet the Scrivener Notaries don’t, nor do around 150 of the general legal officials.

The Faculty Office

The Faculty Office is the regulatory collection of which the Master of the Faculties is head. Some portion of its obligations is the administration of the legal officials. The Registrar of the Faculty Office regulates the preparation and capability of legal officials, has the duty regarding giving the personnel and the yearly rehearsing declaration which, together, empower them to rehearse.

The Notaries Society has arranged a pamphlet about the calling which we expectation will be of intrigue. Renditions in English, German, French, Italian and Spanish are accessible underneath.

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Each Notary has an official seal. Most are one of a kind and engraved with an individual image. Notarial acts with this intrigued seal and marked by a Notary are generally perceived as a dependable and legitimate official source or evidence. In fact, the Court rules for England and Wales express that,

“Any notarial act. . . may be received in evidence without further proof… .unless the contrary is proved.”

How to Become a Notary Public

The ability to become a Notary Public is controlled by the Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury under the heading of the Master of the Faculties. Subtleties of the Faculty Office and all the Rules overseeing the capability and confirmation of notary publics can be found on their site The fundamental guidelines are contained in the Notaries (Qualification) Rules 2020.

Click here to start your application 

Common documents that may require authentication are:

  • Certificate of Origin
  • Invoice
  • Business contracts
  • Export documents
  • Power of Attorney
  • Adoption papers
  • Marriage/birth certificates
  • Education certificates
  • Medical documents
  • Certificate of Free Sale


Commonly Askes FAQ’s

What is an apostille stamp?  An apostille is a stamp that ensures the authenticity of your documents. Apostilles stamps are issued by The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) verifying your documents as genuine.

Why do I require legalisation? When the country in which you intend to use your document has not signed the Apostille Treaty, a legalisation is required. When you contact us we determine the correct process you require.

Do I require translations: In some cases, governments will require that documents be translated. We can translate your documents for use by the appropriate embassy or government agency. We can also translate foreign documents into English.

What is notarization:  Some embassies in the UK require notarisation. A notarisation verifies the authenticity of the facts set out in a document. We can provide this service and will advise you on whether it is required.

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