Where can I find a notary public?
Finding a notary public in Sydney
So why are you reading this post? Chances are you’re looking for a notary public to assist you in signing or certifying documents to send overseas. Fortunately, finding a notary public in Sydney is becoming easier and easier.
Notarising documents or the need to notarise documents isn’t as common in Australia as it is overseas. Generally, most people in Australia don’t know what a notary public is or what a notary public does. But if you live in Australia and need to send documents to another country, you’ll probably need to have those documents notarised by a notary public regardless of whether you know what they are or what they do.
When you need a notary public, do you know where you can find a notary public? There aren’t that many notaries around and so sometimes people have a hard time finding them. However, as the demand for notary public services increases, so does the supply as more and more lawyers become notaries. So where do you start?
Where do you start?
In the past, you might have used the phone book or Yellow Pages. Or you might visit your local courthouse, or post office (not that you’ll find a notary public in those places, but they’re probably the first place you’d think of). Some people may even ask for a justice of the peace since they might not know what’s the difference between a notary public and a justice of the peace.
These days, more and more people look on the internet. They might find a notary public by scrolling through the directory of notaries on the Society of Notaries of New South Wales website, or searching through the Notary Locator website, which is a privately owned directory website containing paid listings of notaries across Australia. Otherwise, you’re probably searching Google, Yahoo, Bing or any other major or popular search engine. Hopefully, that’s also how you’ve come to find this article as well.
Do you even need a notary public?
Not everyone who looks for a notary needs a notary. In fact, many of the enquiries that we receive also come from people who just need an authorised person to witness their signature or certify their documents. If those documents are to be used in Australia, then generally a notary is not required. They can still have their documents witnessed or certified by a notary, but it might be an unnecessary formality and cost for what they really need.
Our notary public articles
This website and the notary public articles are based on personal and professional experiences in notarising many documents over many years. They’re an indication of the situations that we’ve encountered before, as well as situations that we’re familiar with and handled on behalf of our clients. With intended destination countries all over the world, we’re sure that you’ll probably find something in common with them. We think that should at least give you the added confidence that you’ll achieve what you need to achieve through us.
Although we’re based in Parramatta, we serve clients across Sydney as well as interstate and overseas. Parramatta CBD is the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area and the so-called capital of Western Sydney. Its central and convenient location makes it an easy destination for clients who travel from all parts of Sydney and New South Wales to seek our assistance in notarising their documents. As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, the peace of mind in relying on our experience and expertise justifies the journey to find what they seek.
The short answer to ‘where can I find a notary public?’ is ‘right here’.
Do you have any questions?
Sending documents from Australia to other countries can be complicated. We make it simple.
If your documents must be stamped with an apostille or authenticated and then legalised, we can help with that too. We've also created a flowchart to explain the process.
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Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. We're known for our experience and expertise in notarising documents for other countries, our low-cost fixed fees and service offering, and our availability to help on short notice.
Our office is conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area. We help clients from across Sydney and beyond with personal, professional and timely notary public services.
This website is maintained by Phang Legal, a boutique law firm in Parramatta and a leading provider of quality notary public services to satisfied clients across Sydney.
Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.