What are notarial services?
Authorised officers at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria can provide the following notarial services for a fee and by appointment only:
- Certifying copies of Australian documents, or documents intended for use in Australia
- Witnessing signatures on Australian forms, including land title transfers
- Witnessing the signing of Australian Statutory Declarations
- Witnessing the making of an Australian Affidavit
- Issuing Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage
- Legalisation (authentication and apostilles) of signatures and seals that appear on Australian public documents
Please note that it is your responsibility to provide the High Commission with documents that are in the correct form and with the correct instructions. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service, including witnessing signatures on a particular document, you should seek independent legal advice. By witnessing a signature on a document neither the Australian Government nor the Australian mission overseas guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents. Neither the Australian Government nor the High Commission accept liability for any loss, damage or injury arising out of the use of, or reliance on, the document or its contents.
How do I request a notarial service?
Notarial services are offered strictly by appointment only at the Australian High Commission in Pretoria between 1.30pm and 4pm Monday to Friday. Appointments should be made well in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 012 423 6200.
Please ensure that you provide details of the exact type of notarial service required so that we can arrange for an appropriate officer to be available to deliver the services to you.
Please note that Honorary Consuls are not authorised to provide notarial services.
Australian Driver's Licence Renewals
If you wish to renew your Australian Driver's Licence, you can apply through the official website of the relevant State or Territory authority. The Australian High Commission cannot renew your Australian driver's licence on your behalf.
Australian Police Clearance Reports
Australian National Police Clearance Reports can be obtained from the Australian Federal Police. Alternatively, you can contact the relevant State or Territory police authority. The Australian High Commission cannot obtain a police clearance report on your behalf.
Obtaining Australian birth, death and marriage certificates
If you wish to obtain a copy of your Australian birth, marriage or death certificate, you can apply through the official website of the relevant State or Territory Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages. The Australian High Commission cannot obtain a birth, marriage or death certificate from Australia on your behalf.