Will you notarise an electronic document?

At this stage, we do not ‘digitally’ notarise electronic documents.

All documents for notarisation must be in physical form (ie, printed on paper), and you must bring those documents with you (see related FAQ).

We acknowledge that as technology continues to advance, traditional areas of law such as notary public services will eventually need to evolve and embrace the concept of notarising an electronic document. Although Australia has yet to recognise the role of an ‘e-notary’ or accept ‘electronic notarisation’, other countries such as the US appear to be more advanced in this regard.

For the time being, we have raised this issue with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, but have been advised that they have not considered the issue as yet. In our view, it is only a matter of time.

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.