My document needs to be witnessed but I have already signed it. Can it still be notarised?

Yes, but you will need to sign the document again in front of our notary public before it will be notarised by our notary public – even if it has already been signed and witnessed before.

If you are sending the document as a certified original or certified true copy of the original document, we can provide you with a certificate that confirms it is a certified original or certified true copy of the original document, however our notary certificate will also clarify that we did not witness the document being signed.

If you need to have your signature witnessed by a notary public, you will either need to sign the document again in the presence of our notary public or whenever possible, prepare a fresh document for signing and witnessing. Be aware that re-signing a document that has already been signed may be legally valid, but it might look messy, unclear and create confusion leading to rejection in the intended destination country.

FAQs for documents requiring notary public services

If you have questions regarding documents for your intended destination country, please review the frequently asked questions here or call our office on 02 9687 8885 to speak to our notary public.