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Notarisation usually refers to a Notary Public affixing his signature and official seal to a document, whether to certify the signing of a document in his presence, or to verify some fact or thing of which the Notary Public has certain knowledge.

A useful rule of thumb is that documents that are to be used or submitted outside of Singapore, need to be notarised. A common source of confusion arises where the requirement appears to state that a Commissioner for Oaths will suffice. This sometimes happens when the document does not take into account that the document is not signed in its country of origin. Please contact us to confirm the requirements.

Common services relating to notarisation are:

Witnessing of the signing of documents S$40 per signature by the Notary Public
Certifying a true copy of an original document S$10 per document, $5 per additional page

 

Please note that for witnessing of signing of documents, the person who is signing the document needs to bring the ID as stated in the document for verification of identity by the Notary Public. Please do not sign the document in advance. The Notary Public needs to see the person signing the document.

It is mandatory by law for a Notary Public to issue a Notarial Certificate for every document attested to or certified as a  true copy. More than one document can be bundled to each Notarial Certificate. The number of Notarial Certificates required will depend on the party where the documents are to be submitted to. Please contact us to confirm the requirements.

Each Notarial Certificate costs S$75, and it is mandatory since 1 October 2019 for every Notarial Certificate to be authenticated at the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL). The authentication fee is S$85.60. The total fee for each Notarial Certificate is thus S$160.60.

For example, if you needed to certify a copy of single page document, such as a passport biodata page, the total fee would be as follows:

  1. $10 to certify one page of the passport as a true copy
  2. $75 for the Notarial certificate
  3. $85.60 for authentication, payable to SAL.

Total cost would be = $170.60.

Mandatory authentication of every Notarial Certificate is done by bringing the physical Notarial Certificate to the office of SAL. This is done on your behalf by us, and included in the fees quoted above. There are no additional service charges to bring your documents for authentication. The average processing time is 1-2 working days and we will contact you once your documents are ready for collection. If you require urgent processing, please let us know and we will do our best to assist.

For added convenience and safety, we also offer the following non-contact options (within Singapore only):

  1. doorstep collection of original documents for certification of true copies at an additional flat fee of S$18 per trip.
  2. Video witnessing of signing, followed by doorstep collection of original documents at an additional flat fee of S$18 per trip.
  3. Courier delivery of notarised documents at a flat fee of S$18 per trip.

Translation of Documents

We are able to assist to arrange for the translation of documents where necessary. All translations are certified with the details of the translator for verification.

Legalisation

We are able to assist with the legalisation of documents. The fees and costs involved vary depending on the Embassy of the country. Please contact us for more details.

Frequently asked questions

  • I wish to certify true copies of my documents, do I need to see the Notary Public?

    No, you do not have to meet the Notary Public, but the Notary Public will have to see the original documents. You can choose to:

    1. Send us a soft copy of the documents that you need to certify and make payment online so that we can start preparing the documents. When the documents are ready for collection we will inform you, and you can bring the original documents along during collection so that the Notary Public can examine them (please note that you will need to make an appointment so that the Notary Public will be present to see you).
    2. If you can, drop off the original documents at our office during office hours and make payment either in person at the office or online. When the documents are ready for collection we will inform you (we can also arrange for the notarised documents and originals to be couriered to you), and you do not need to make an appointment to meet the Notary Public during collection.
    3. We can arrange for a courier to collect the original documents from you, and when the documents are ready you can either collect them from our office, or we can arrange for them to be couriered to you.
  • I wish to certify true copies of my documents. Other than the documents to be certified, do I need to bring any other documents such as my passport or identity card?

    No, you do not need to bring your photo identification for certifying of true copies, just the original documents to be certified are required.

  • I wish to have the signing of my documents witnessed, what documents do I need to prepare?

    Please have the following documents ready:

    1. The documents to be signed by you but please do not “pre-sign” the document in advance.
    2. The government-issued photo-ID as referred to in the document to be signed by you, i.e. a passport or national registration card.
  • I wish to have the signing of my documents witnessed, but it is not convenient for me to come to your office, can I still proceed?

    Yes, we can arrange for video witnessing of the signing of your documents. Please note that for video witnessing we also must arrange for a courier to collect the document once signed. An additional fee of S$18 per courier trip applies.

  • I wish to have the signing of my documents witnessed but I am not in Singapore, can I still get my documents notarised via video witnessing?

    We can still do the certified true copies if you courier the originals to Singapore, BUT we cannot do video-witnessing for the signing of documents if you are not in Singapore. If these documents are to be used in Singapore, we recommend that you get in touch with the nearest Singapore Embassy or Mission.

  • I am not sure about the documents that I need to bring and/or the calculation of the costs of notarisation, what should I do?

    Please send us soft copies of the documents to be notarised via email at [EMAIL] or WhatsApp to [NUMBER] and we will be happy to assist.

  • I am not sure how many Notarial Certificates I need, what should I do?

    Please send us soft copies of the documents to be notarised via email at [EMAIL] or WhatsApp to [NUMBER] and we will be happy to assist.

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