Cancellation of appointments until further notice
No face-to-face appointments due to COVID
Due to the recent announcement of restrictions and stay-at-home orders by the NSW Government, we’ve cancelled all notary public appointments until further notice. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience, especially for those clients who already had made an appointment.
Limited notary public services will continue
Although we’re unable to offer face-to-face appointments for services like witnessing or verifying identification, we can still provide remote services that don’t require clients to physically be present in our office.
For example, we can still verify and certify documents provided the original documents are posted or delivered to us (or if the original documents only exist as digital documents then they can be emailed). To assist with this process, we’re offering pickup and return courier services (which are same-day in some cases) however we appreciate that many clients will want to wait until the restrictions have been lifted due to the additional cost that this attracts.
Despite what you may read on the internet or what other notaries may tell you, notary public services for witnessing documents cannot be provided without a face-to-face appointment. Documents that have been ‘witnessed’ through telephone, video, or any other kind of electronic or virtual methods will not have been properly witnessed and may not be accepted in other countries. The Society of Notaries of New South Wales Inc has already made this position clear to all notary publics in New South Wales, and so be wary of anyone who advises you differently.
We thank you all for your understanding and support during this challenging time. As soon as restrictions have been lifted, we’ll resume taking face-to-face appointments subject to orders and directions from authorities at that time.
Do you have any questions regarding this article?
Whether you're notarising a document for the first time or the hundreth time, the requirements, processes, and terms can be confusing and daunting - or just a pain and a hassle (especially if you need an apostille, or to authenticate or legalise as well). Don't worry! We're here to simplify it, explain it, and help you with what you need to achieve it.
Contact us or visit our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about our notary public services. We've also created a flowchart to help explain notarisation, apostille, authentication and legalisation.
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Why choose Phang Legal for your notary public services?
We're a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney 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. With our offices 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.