Australian Consulate-General
Los Angeles
States of California (south of the 36N latitude), Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada (Clark County only) and Utah

Notarial Services

Notarial services are provided by the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles when the documents are Australian in origin or for use in Australia. These services are not available at the Honorary Consulate in Denver. 

 

Effective 12 July 2016, Notarial services will only be available at the Australian Consulate-General in Los Angeles between 2pm and 4pm every Tuesday and Thursday. Appointments are not necessary during this time.

 

Fee increases for notarial services will apply from 1 January 2017.

The new fees are intended to simplify the existing fee structure, and better align with fees charged by commercial providers.

Notarial fees have not increased since 1 July 2000.

Further information, including a schedule of fees in Australian dollars, is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s website.

In the U.S., fees are payable in U.S. dollars only. Equivalent U.S. dollar fees will be posted on our website on the first working day of each month, and are subject to change based on the exchange rate at that time.

Note: Notarial fees are payable in accordance with the Consular Fees Act 1955. Consular staff have no discretion in applying these fees.

 

Before requesting a notarial service from our office, please make sure you know exactly what service you require.  You should confirm this with the organisation that requires your documents. We are not able to provide advice on which notarial service you need.  Further information on notarial services can be found on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

 

Authenticating and/or Certifying Australian Education Certificates

The Consulate-General can only authenticate or make certified copies of education documents issued by an accredited Australian education authority. Please note that the education document must first have been verified by the central Student Administration office or the nominated representative of the issuing institution as a 'true and accurate record’ of the certificate issued to the student. You should contact the Australian institution where the certificate was issued for information on how to obtain their verification. Further information is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

We cannot authenticate or certify copies of education certificates issued by an education institution outside Australia. For these, you should contact the Embassy of the country in which the education certificate was issued.
 

Do I have to come in person?

These notarial services can be done either by mail or in person:

  • Authentications
  • Certifying copies of original documents
  • Apostilles

All other services must be done in person.  This includes witnessing signatures (eg. for land transfers and driving licences), affadavits and wills.

If you wish to obtain an Authentication, Certified Copy or Apostille through the mail, you must send your original documents.  Make sure that you provide clear instructions on what services you want us to perform, including numbers of copies, and the payment. Payment include a Credit Card Authorisation Form. Documents that are mailed without the correct payment will be returned unprocessed.

We recommend that you use a courier that allows you to track delivery of your documents. The Consulate-General can return your documents by FedEx for an additional charge of USD$15 for each outbound shipment of up to 0.5 pounds. If you prefer, you can provide a prepaid letter-sized envelope with the courier company of your choice.

Please address all mail to:

Consular Section
Australian Consulate-General
2029 Century Park East, Suite 3150
Los Angeles, CA 90067
 

Disclaimer:  Please ensure that documents relating to Notarial services are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for witnessing any signatures on the documents. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to witnessing signatures on a particular document, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy or Consulates-General in the United States guarantee the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.