What do Notaries do?
Documents which are sent to England to be signed here almost always need to be witnessed by a Notary Public. This is also true for Commonwealth countries or countries under British protection. Confusion arises when documents coming from English-speaking countries appear to need witnessing by a 'solicitor' or a 'commissioner for oaths'. This means a local solicitor or commissioner, but if the document is signed here it must be notarised. Notaries also certify copies of passports, birth certificates and other official documents. Note: not all documents can be notarially certified.
When do I need to see a notary?
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You may need to have documents witnessed or certified by a Notary if you need: