We offer Notary Public Services to enable members of the community to notarize their documents as per the legal requirement of the NSW state at a nominal and affordable cost. At iVacs Australia, through this new services member of the community can now authenticate official, government and personal documents. As part of the iVacs Australia services, a notary would be available to witness the signing of documents and to certify true copies of the original documents for use overseas.
What is a Notary Public?
A notary public is an independent legal professional who serves the public as an impartial witness and is authorized to witness signatures, administer oaths and affirmations and take acknowledgements or proofs of documents.
The signing of these official documents in front of a notary (along with witnesses) and requiring notaries to administer oaths/affirmations are among the oldest legal traditions worldwide.
Due to high demand of Indian consulate work for NSW, iVacs Australia has engaged Kelvin, an authorised Notary Public to assist community with legalisation of documents as a capacity of Public Notary NSW. The Appointments are readily available usually on the same day by contacting iVacs Australia.
In New South Wales, Public notaries are the only authorized entities to authenticate, certify and witness foreign documents under the Public Notaries Act, 1997. The service is being offered at Kelvin’s office in Blacktown. iVacs Australia will assist you to book an appointment with a Notary public, for those who only required documents to be attested and required not to remain present and they can send their original document to iVacs Australia which we can then take a photocopy and get it attested and submit it to VFS Global office or Indian consulate offices.
Many people think a Notary Public and a JP have similar responsibilities. While they do have some similar functions – however, there are significant differences between them. JP’s are not authorized to witness oaths required by the laws of other countries to validate a document to be used in those countries, such as passport applications. This means that JP’s cannot legally witness documents, including passports and other applications, for use in India, they can only provide assistance in Australia.
A Notary Public, on the other hand, is authorized under the Public Notaries Act 1997 to authenticate, certify, and witness foreign documents intended for use overseas.
If you need to have official documents certified, a notary public can help you. If you’re moving to a new country and need certification of your previous documents, a notary public can help with this too. Essentially, their main function is to administer oaths for Australian or international documents and to attest the documents are genuine. Notarisation is required to enable a specific document to be accepted abroad by courts, registries or other notaries. They will only recognise a document once it has been signed by a notary public.
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Because of the requirements of the International Convention on the legalization of documents, when you submit a document that has been notarised in preparation for use in India, you need to have an apostille attached to the document by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and then further attestation can be done through VFS global at Indian Consulate.
As per provision of The Hague Apostille Convention, documents apostilled by DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) Australia do not need any further attestation from the Consulate General of India however it is an Individual choice to have an additional attestation of the DFAT apostilled document from Indian consulate or High Commission. The person who holds an Australian passport wishes to have documents attestation from the Indian consulate then they must have their document first apostilled from DFAT, without this, your application will not be accepted. On the other hand, the person who holds an Indian passport can submit the application of their miscellaneous services through iVacs Australia (which will be submitted to VFS global) for attestation with the Indian consulate without having their documents Apostilled from DFAT.
At iVacs Australia, we will take care of everything you need to get your job done. Please contact us for your Public Notary requirement for various Indian consulate applications such as OCI, Indian driver licence verification statutory declaration, damaged passport, lost passport or any other declaration which requires applicant signatures to be witnessed by Public Notary Australia.
Our public notary, Kelvin Low B Ec. LLB, is an Accredited Specialist in Family Law. Kelvin can also assist you in the following areas: Divorce, Property Disputes, Child Custody, Child Support, Child Contact, and Parentage Disputes Kelvin Low is a highly experienced litigation lawyer who heads the litigation section of Low Doherty & Stratford since 1980. Kelvin is one of the first suburban solicitors to be accredited as a specialist in Family Law in 1993. Kelvin was for many years a Local Court Arbitrator. His relevant experience includes appearing Local Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Family Court of Australia, Federal Magistrates Court, Compensation Court, Workers Compensation Commission.
Please contact iVacs Australia for any Indian Consulate-related Public Notary work.