Notary Public – Frequently Asked Questions

So who is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is a qualified lawyer – a member of the third and oldest branch of the legal profession in the United Kingdom and is appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is subject to regulation by the Court of Faculties.  The rules which affect Notary Public’s are very similar to the rules which affect Solicitors.

What documents need to be Notarised?

You may need to see a Notary to:

  • Sign a Power of Attorney
  • Get a certified copy of a passport
  • Make a statutory declaration or swear an oath or affidavit
  • Sign a deed in front of a Notary
  • Buy or sell property abroad
  • Have a translation certified by a notary
  • Get an apostille or other legalisation
  • Have your contracts authenticated by a notary
  • Any other documents for abroad requiring a notary stamp
  • Have notarised copies made of your qualifications or other documents

What does ‘legalisation’ or ‘Authentification’ mean?

Quite often it is enough for you to give your documents the necessary legal effect and acceptance in a country and to sign them in front of a Notary Public. No apostille is required and no consular legalisation necessary.

What is an ‘Apostille’ and why is it required?

An Apostille is a sticker attached to a document to verify the signature of a notary public or other public official. It only certifies that the document has been signed by the relevant official.

What are the likely costs involved?

These will depend on the type of document that is required to be Notarised. However, our cost will be confirmed to you before the Notary Public seals your document.

>How am I able to pay?

You can either pay by cash at the time you see the Notary Public or by cheque. The cheques are to be made payable to ‘The Notary Service’.

What proof of identification will the Notary require to see?

You will need 2 forms of identification, such as:

(1) your valid UK Passport or other other government approved proof of identity.  These include EU Identity Cards or UK photo driving licences.

(2) A proof of address by way of bank statement or utility bill dated within the last three months.

Please do not hesitate to contact us to clarify this.

>How can I arrange an appointment?

You can contact us either by telephone or by email on the contact details shown here. Usually, we work by appointment system and these can be arranged at short notice at a time and place to suit you. In some circumstances, the Notary can attend upon you at your home.

Our other evening surgeries are at a number of locations across the West Midlands and Warwickshire including Birmingham, Coventry, Leamington Spa and Walsall.