A Notary Public (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) in New Zealand is a lawyer authorised to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents for use overseas. By International Convention (Law) the Notary signature and seal are recognised in all other Countries.
Some times it is sufficient to just have the Notary signature and seal. Other times the overseas recipient may require confirmation of the Notary’s authority. This is done by the New Zealand Competant Authority (The Authentication Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs) issuing an Apostille Certificate.
That is a formal certificate attached to the document confirming the Notary is a registered New Zealand Notary.
In some cases/other Countries a further Authentication step is required where the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade provide a further Certificate confirming the status of DIA as the Competant Authority for New Zealand.
Our experience over 45 years means we can usually advise you on what will be required. We can also assist with those further steps if required.
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