Using a Notary Public

Published by Steve Wong on March 28, 2011

Steve Wong is a Notary Public. Notaries Public in New Zealand are lawyers appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to officially witness signatures on legal documents, sworn statements such as affidavits, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents for use overseas.

Documents certified by notaries are accepted in many parts of the world.

Generally a document executed or sworn before a Notary Public will be recognised by Commonwealth countries without further proof. they are accepted in many other countries as well.

Some other countries may require the authorisation of the Notary to be authenticated by the authentication unit of the Department of Internal Affairs in New Zealand (email:

It is important to have proof of your identification with you when visiting a Notary. This can be in the form of a passport or driver licence.

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