Iraq – Notarisation and Legalisation

IraqWe have many clients who need our help to send documents to Iraq. Often, it relates to some sort of authorisation or power of attorney for someone to do something on their behalf in Iraq. It could relate to property or business transactions, but in general, it is for a financial purpose that would otherwise require them to travel to Iraq if they cannot legally appoint a representative or attorney in Iraq.

Documents intended for Iraq must be legalised before they can be accepted in Iraq. This involves the documents being legalised and stamped by the Iraqi Consulate, which requires authentication by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), which requires the documents to be either original Australian government documents or documents that have been notarised by a notary public. Accordingly, if you are sending documents from Australia to Iraq, then we can help you.

The Iraqi Consulate will not assist you until your document has been authenticated by DFAT, and so the process that you must follow is strict and designed to ensure that there is a chain of verification at all times.

Witnessing legal documents for Iraq

If you need to sign your legal documents in Australia for use in Iraq, then as a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we can witness you signing your legal documents. Witnessing involves making an appointment with our office and to sign your legal documents in front of us (important). Once we verify your identity and witness you signing your document, we will then notarise the document. Notarisation, in this case, is our verification that you signed the documents in our presence. DFAT will then verify our signature and seal against their records before also placing a stamp on the documents – this is an authentication and is proof to other countries that the document was signed by the person who said they signed it and that it has been properly notarised.

Occasionally, legal documents intended for Iraq are written in English and Arabic, however, the far majority of legal documents are written in Arabic only as it is one of the official languages of the country. Legal documents written in Arabic do not need to be translated into English for notarisation or legalisation purposes.

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Do you have any questions regarding this article?

If you have never had to have a document notarised before, you may find our role as a notary public, the notary public services that we provide, and this whole process (especially authentication, legalisation and apostille) to be confusing and daunting. Do not worry! We are here to try to simplify it, make it easy for you to understand, and to guide you or assist you with achieving your desired goal.

Please contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding this article or our notary public services.

Click here to see the flowchart that we created to help you understand the process regarding notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.

So, what next?

If you are now ready to proceed with having your document notarised, please visit our Notary Fees page for a FREE quote on our notary public services or just call us on 02 9687 8885 and speak to our friendly staff about your requirements.

Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?

We are a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney known for our low-cost fixed fee notary services, our availability to provide notary public services on short notice, and our focus on personal and timely notary public services. With our offices conveniently located in Parramatta, the geographic centre of the Sydney metropolitan area, our notary public assists clients from across all suburbs of Sydney and beyond.

Ern Phang, Notary Public

Ern Phang
Notary Public

This website is maintained by Phang Legal, an incorporated legal practice in Parramatta and a leading provider of notary public 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 notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the kinds of issues faced by his clients in sending documents overseas.

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