Apostille Australia Certificate Service
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Appostille Australia:

Short summary of costs

Apostille, Authentication Certificate: $200.00

Embassy, Consulate legalisation: $350.00 plus fees payable to Embassy or Consulate (conditions apply)

Notary Service: $100.00 per document

Notarial Certificate: $350.00 per bundle

 
 
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Frequently Asked Questions
 
How do I use your Apostille service?
Complete either our Online Order Form or PDF Order Form or contact us by email on contactus@apostille.com.au for guidance.
 
Pronunciation of “Apostille”
Phonetically, this unusual English word (which you cannot find in your everyday English dictionary) is French in origin, and pronounced... "a - poss - steal".
 
Can a Justice of the Peace or Solicitor witness my signature or certify my document for use overseas?
No. Australian public, company/commercial or educational documents can only be signed before a notary public or certified by the same person, who has his or her signature and seal registered on the Australian Government’s computer data base for authentication purposes. Please note that multiple page documents must be signed or sealed by the Notary Public at the bottom of each page of the notarised document required to be legalised, or apostilled.
 
What exactly is an Apostille Certificate?
An Apostille Certificate is an official government Certificate printed or stamped onto the reverse side of a single page document or attached to multiple paged documents with green notary ribbon making it become one inseparable document. It authenticates the seal and or signature of the public official or authority such as a notary or registrar issuing the document.

A Notary Public in Australia is a public official appointed by law, inter alia, to witness signatures or certify copied documents for international use. When a Notary Public signs, seals or stamps a document, that document then becomes a public document capable of being apostilled or legalised.

An issued Apostille Certificate confirms that the person signing, sealing or stamping a public document has lawful authority to do so, and the apostilled document automatically becomes a legal document in countries which are members of the Hague Convention. It does not authenticate or confirm the contents of a document.
 
What does an Apostille Certificate look like?
An Apostille Certificate is a square approximately 9cm long, usually stamped onto the reverse side of a single page public document or attached with green ribbon to a document having more than one page or with insufficient space to place the Certificate on the reverse side of a single page document.

It is formatted into numbered fields to allow certified data to be easily identified by the receiving country, regardless of the official language of the issuing country. It is also dated, numbered, registered and impressed with the official seal of the government department which issues it.

The Certificate's official issue and registration may be readily verified by means of a simple request for information addressed to the country's issuing government department from where it originated.

If a public document consists of more than one page, all pages are bound together into a single bundle and tied firmly with green notary ribbon or tape, with the Certificate attached to it on a separate sheet of paper.

View an example of a typical Australian Apostille Certificate.
 
Why do I need an Apostille Certificate?
Prior to the introduction of Apostille Certificates, the burden on international governments, law courts, universities, businesses and other organisations to ascertain whether or not a foreign public document was authentic and reliable, was quite onerous and difficult to assess.

To overcome these predicaments, on the 5 October 1961, The Hague Convention abolished the requirement of formal legalisation of foreign public documents by Embassies or Consulates in a successful attempt to prevent these problematical appraisals having to be made.

The Convention reduced all of the cumbersome formalities of embassy or consulate legalisation to the simple delivery of a Certificate in a prescribed form, entitled "Apostille", to be issued by the appropriate government department of any country ratifying the Convention.

Whilst most countries have embraced the Convention, many have still to embrace it.
 
I live overseas. Can my nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate issue me with an Apostille Certificate?
No. Apostille Certificates can only be issued from within Australia at designated government offices.
 
Australian educational documents... Can they be legalised or apostilled?
Australian educational documents are not public documents and cannot be apostilled or legalised standing alone without certification.

Educational documents may include...

University or Tertiary Degrees | Diplomas | Certificates | Academic Transcripts
TAFE | Trade Certificates | Transcripts
Higher School | Matriculation Certificates
Secondary School Semester Reports  | Principals’ Statements

           

An Australian public tertiary educational/university document must be certified and signed by the central Student Administrative office of the issuing University as a "true and accurate" record before the document can be submitted to DFAT for issue of an Apostille or Authentication Certificate. You will need to contact your university's Student Administration to arrange this processing.

Alternatively, you might deliver to us the original document/s and we will attend to verification of your tertiary document before notarising, at an additional cost. The additional cost depends on the amount of time spent to obtain verification. A signed  Authority from you is required; a blank Authority form will be emailed to you for completion and return to us should you wish to proceed in this manner.

An Australian private tertiary educational document must first be notarised by a Notary Public before it can be submitted to DFAT for issue of an Authentication or Authentication Certificate.

A public primary or secondary school document must be signed by an authorised officer of a State/Territory educational authority or a Notary Public before the document can be submitted to DFAT for issue of an Apostille or Authentication Certificate.

A private or secondary school document must be notarised by a Notary Public before lodgement with DFAT for an Apostille or Authentication Certificate.

A Certificate from the Board of Studies must be reissued and signed by an Authorised officer at the NSW Board of Studies.

 
What is an Authentication Certificate?
An Authentication Certificate is a Certificate issued by the Australian government authenticating the seal or signature of a public official on an Australian public document, including that of a notary public to assist Embassies and Consulates legalise documents for use in their countries.
 
Which countries do and do not recognise Apostille Certificates?
Apostilled Australian public documents are accepted by all countries participating in the Hague Convention.

There are currently over 80 member countries of The Hague Convention recognising Apostille Certificates.
Click on this link to view a list of these participating countries

In addition to those countries which are participants in The Hague Convention, there are many non participating countries that will also recognise Apostille Certificates without themselves being members. We recommend you check with your principal source to ascertain whether or not an Apostille Certificate is acceptable.

If an Apostille Certificate is not recognised by a particular country, full embassy or consulate legalisation is necessary which for most countries involves the issue of an Authentication Certificate, certifying the seal or signature appearing on that document. Click on this link to view a list of non participating countries.

Public documents legalised by a country's Embassy or Consulate are restricted in their use to the particular country whose embassy or consulate legalised the documents. They are not transferable.
 
What type of document can be authenticated by an Apostille Certificate?
Virtually any public document can be legalised by an Apostille Certificate. Here is a list of...
 
Popular Australian Public Documents
Consent letter for children to travel or visit overseas
Powers of Attorney
NAATI certified language translations
University, TAFE, and Secondary School degrees, certificates and transcripts certified by an authorised officer, or        copies certified by a Notary Public
Doctor and Dentist applications for overseas appointments
Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
Change of Name documents
Single Status Certificates
Certificate of No Impediment to Overseas Marriage
Statutory Declaration signed before a Notary Public
Probate, Letters of Administration
Land Transfer documents
Affidavits, sworn Statements, and depositions sworn before an Australian Notary Public
Certificate of Incorporation of Australian Company issued by ASIC and miscellaneous original company documents         including Notarial Certificate of Good Standing in respect of Australian company
Notarised copy of Passport, Drivers Licence and other identity documents
Certificate of Divorce issued by the Family Court of Australia or Federal Magistrates Court
Police Certificate ("no criminal record") issued by State or Federal Police
Miscellaneous notarised documents for use overseas

This list is not exhaustive. If you have a document not listed above which you require apostilled, email us for free professional guidance.
 
I have multiple public, company/commercial, or educational documents... do I need multiple Apostille Certificates?
Whenever possible, we will legalise your documents under one Apostille Certificate to keep your costs to a minimum. For example, multiple company/commercial or educational documents can be legalised under one Apostille Certificate when certified by a notary grouped in a bundle, attached and inseparably bound by notary ribbon to a “Notarial Certificate”.
Click here for an example.

However, most public documents require individual Apostille Certificates, e.g. Birth Certificates, as they name different persons and are usually signed and or sealed by different public officials.

We will advise you on the most cost effective way to legalise your multiple documents if you unsure.

Most foreign embassies and consulates will accept notarial certificates but charge for individual documents included in the bundle.
 
How long does it take to have an Apostille Certificate in my hands?
We aim to have your Apostille Certificate issued within three (3) working days from date of receipt of your document at our office, and payment of our prescribed fees. Delivery time is dependent on whether delivery is to take place inside or outside Australia. Within Australian, overnight delivery is achieved by the use of Australia Post Express mail services. For overseas clients, we use Australia Post Express International Courier, a reliable international carrier.
 
How do I instruct you?
Complete our PDF Order Form.

If your matter is urgent, consider using our Online Order Form with online credit card payment facility to ensure speedy service.

One of our solicitors will be happy to discuss your specific requirements including your need for urgent services, or preferred payment method and we invite you to make use of the Contact us email facility located in the margin of this page.

For the ABC’s of Apostilles and how to ensure that your public documents will be recognised abroad click on this link....
http://www.hcch.net/upload/abc12e.pdf
 
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