What’s ‘authentication’?

In Australia, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will authenticate notarised documents by certifying that the documents were notarised by a notary public. For example, DFAT retain a copy of our signature and seal so that when you submit our notarised documents to DFAT, they will authenticate that our notary public is a notary public.

Once DFAT has authenticated the document, you must take that authenticated document to the relevant consulate or embassy before it can be sent to the intended destination country.

Leave the authentication to us!

Many of our notary public clients will apply for an authentication themselves, however this can be troublesome and time consuming. If you want us to help you apply for an authentication, please advise us at the time of making an appointment to obtain a quote inclusive of the DFAT authentication fee and our service fees. We would be pleased to assist you.

We can also help you apply for authentication with the relevant consulate or embassy of the intended destination country.

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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.

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.