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We are committed to providing a professional, simple, and streamlined process for your document verification, Apostille and authentication process, as well as notarisation, when required.

We provide Notary Public services to individuals, large and small businesses, Lawyers, Banks, and Statutory Authorities.

Our Attestation & Notary services

We offer a full range of Notarial Services including taking your declarations and affidavits, certification of original documents, verification of identity, corporate verification, obtaining of Authentications or Apostilles and obtaining legalisation of documents from Embassies or Consulates.

Our aim is to provide you with the most efficient, professional, and convenient service and we look forward to being of assistance to you. Australian Notary Services is a highly regarded notarial service renowned for producing high quality, accurate documentation.

The types of Attestation –
and the differences between them

Embassy Attestation

Your document will be attested by the respective Embassy of the country of origin. After this, your document will then be attested at regional, state and Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) level.

DFAT Authentication

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) is the government department responsible for maintaining the foreign relations with other nations. If you’re travelling to any of the gulf countries listed (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates) then Attestation is mandatory for your documents.

Apostille Attestation

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT)) is authorised to provide Attestation of the documents that can be used in the Hague Apostille Convention Countries.

What is this Hague Apostille Convention? Hague Apostille Convention is an Act made in 1961 to abolish the requirement of repeated verification of foreign public documents by the governments of member countries.

Apostille attestation is a way of attesting the required documents, so that they can be made admissible in any country that belongs to the Hague Convention countries list. It’s legally accepted in more than 116 countries, most of the European & American countries accept the format.

Types of documents that require Attestation

How can we help you?

AAS have the knowledge and expertise to understand the needs of our clients for Attestation or apostille legalisation. If you need professionals, with quick and reliable attestation services, contact us now.

Documents we can legalise in Australia

We can only legalise Australian public documents, such as:

What to do
before you begin

We recommend you read this handy reference guide in full before you start your application for the document verification, authentication, and notarisation process of your documents.

This will ensure you can organise and collate your documents so we can get to work right away. And we aim to make the whole process as easy and smooth as possible.

Our guide below will help you understand the requirements of an application and avoid delays in processing. Updates to the process may be issued at any time.

Preparing your documents:


You may need either an apostille or an authentication for your documents, so find out first what is the best solution for you needs.


Ask the overseas authority which documents you need legalised. AAS can’t advise you what you need legalised to use in another country.


Confirm the documents are eligible for legalising. We cannot verify certain international documents (e.g., birth certificates in another language, without a NAATI translation).


Some countries require additional services for notarisation of documents such as Attestation, Apostille and authentication. To find out if you’ll need any additional services, please check your destination country by starting the “START Your Notarisation” process.


We can also notarise signing documents in English, in your language, or both English and your language and will show a disclaimer stating that you are not fluent in that language. Let us know if this your situation.


Gather your documents and call us to make an appointment.

Making an appointment and submit in person:

  • Once you are ready, make an appointment at our office, where we can have your signature witnessed.
  • When signing your documents, you will need to bring ID with you.
  • Make sure you've prepared everything you need, PRIOR to your appointment. This will save time and stress and make the process easier.
  • If any documents are missing or non-compliant, we won’t be able to complete the processing of your documents, and this may hold things up. We will advise you what other evidence you are required to provide.
  • We cannot advise you on the drafting or creation of your specific documents or the requirements of countries or the contents of documents.
  • You will need to research what you need first and then book in a time with us to provide the notary services.
  • Bring a credit or debit card with you for payment. If you want your legalised documents returned to you by mail, we can arrange post for you.
  • Please note: We can arrange to express post or courier your document if you advised us upfront, and they will be charged the cost as an expense (Additional fees are applicable for returning the documents to you domestically (AU$11) or overseas (Approximately AU$121).
  • Please contact our office prior to personally dropping off documents to set an appointment time.

Contact us about your Documents:

Once you think you have all this information and know what you need done, then get in touch.

Get in touch

We can then move into the “8 Easy Steps”…. as shown on the home page!

IMPORTANT: All information contained in this article is for general purposes only and correct at the time of publication. Only rely on information and advice specific to your situation and current at the time you wish to rely on it.