The importance of your identification documents

Photographic identification documents and your personal information

You must be able to properly and satisfactorily identify yourself when you come to our office for notary public services. This means you must bring photographic identification documents such as a passport or an Australian drivers licence to your appointment. Foreign documents without supporting local or international identification documents will not be accepted. In addition to proving your identity, you must provide us with your personal information. We retain your personal information and a copy of your identification document to record what we did you. This record means we can verify that we notarised a document or that we identified an individual whenever required.

Specific identification documents

If you need to sign a document in front of a notary public, your document might refer to a specific identification document. For example, your document may refer to your passport or an identification number, especially if the destination country has a national identification system. Different countries have different requirements. Familiarise yourself with the specific requirements of the destination country. If your document refers to a specific identification document, you must bring that identification document to your appointment. If you do not, we will not be able to notarise your document. You must then reschedule your appointment to bring that identification document or change your document to refer to some other identification document. There is a risk that you will invalidate your document if you change it or rely on a different identification document.

Understand the requirements and follow the instructions

If you are unsure, always seek advice from a lawyer in the intended destination country. Following instructions and satisfying the requirements for producing photographic identification documents or specific identification documents will help you avoid unnecessary delays and additional costs caused by invalid documents.

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Ern Phang

Ern Phang
Public Notary

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of public notary services to clients across Sydney. Extensive experience and low-cost fixed prices ensures quality services and satisfied clients.

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a public notary. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a public notary and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

This information is correct as at the date of publication (2017-08-30 08:00:00) and may not include subsequent changes.