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Apostille, Authentications, Embassy Legalisations & Notarial Attestation.
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Document Legalisation Service. We facilitate Apostille Certificates on all SA documents. Fast and secure guaranteed. Louwrens Koen Attorneys. Tel: 073686 9078 E-mail: law@louwrenskoen.co.za

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Apostille Service South Africa

Providing a fast apostille certificate and Notary Public services for all SA documents with prices from just R750 per document. We aim to process most documents in just 1 to 2 days for High Court Apostilles and 3 - 4 weeks for DIRCO Apostilles, making our service exceptional value for a quick legalisation service.

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The apostille can be attached to most South-African documents that need to be used in another country for official matters. We will ensure all documents are suitable for processing and provide walk-in Notary Public services if required. We can also arrange for your documents to be further legalised or attested at any embassy in just a few days.

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Ordering and quoting online is simple and safe. Complete the secure online form to get a no-obligation quotation with a time estimate for completion. You can use the secure incorporated facility to upload any documents you would like us to check.

We offer apostille, document authentication & notary public services quickly and efficiently. See our pricing. 

Comprehensive Document Legalisation Services:
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Popular documents are frequently legalised with an Authentication Certificate for use outside the borders of South Africa. Virtually any South-African public document can be legalised by either an Apostille Certificate or an Authentication process.

Here is a list of Popular South African Public Documents that we legalise on a daily basis:

 This list is not exhaustive. If you have a document not listed above that you require apostilled, contact us to make inquiries or get a quotation. Should you have any questions regarding our services, need a quote or want to proceed with legalising your documents, please get in touch with us or visit our offices.

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Contacts US or Get No Obligation Quotation

Step 1 – Contact us! Getting started with us is easy. Phone us at 0870010733, or fill out our Online Online Quotation Form. Our friendly staff will: Explain the document legalisation process to you. Get the details about the documents you need processed Answer any questions you have Explain your processing options Provide you with a detailed quote

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Step 2 – Document Preparation - We assist in preparing your documents

We assist you in preparing your documents for processing, which may include notarisation, translation, certified true copies, and embassy requirements such as cover letters. Our expertise ensures you avoid the common document preparation mistakes that can easily cause substantial delays.

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Step 3 – You ship or drop off your docs to our Pretoria Office office

As soon as your documents arrive at our Pretoria office, we verify that they are in order, and immediately launch document processing on your behalf. You have various way to get your documents to us: Postnet to Postnet Loftus Park : Mark for Attention Louwrens Koen Attorneys (Located 50 meters from our office entrance. Pop in, discuss and drop off your documents at our office. Ample safe & free parking. Local Courier. We prefer Courier guy. International Courier. On request we can even arrange pickup of your documents.

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We handle all aspects of the document legalisation (apostille, authentication and embassy attestation) process for you. On completion we will rapidly return your legalised processed documents. We’ll keep you updated throughout the process, providing you peace of mind and certainty.

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If you need expert assistance with South-African document apostille, authentication or embassy legalising process we can help! Contact us today for your free consultation. Tel: 0870010733 or complete the online form to get answers to your questions and a no obligation quotation and estimated time frames.

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Comprehensive Embassy Attestation Services - We legalise your documents at more than one hundred embassies in Pretoria.

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Many countries also request that you get your documents attested by their South African embassy or Consulate. We provide a complete EMBASSY DOCUMENT LEGALISATION SERVICE (includes all attendances) for all South African documents. More than 100 Embassies and Consulates are located within a 5KM radius of our offices.

Embassies constantly change regulations and protocols with short or no notice to the public. We constantly monitor the changing legalisation requirements at over one hundred Embassies and Consulates in Pretoria, South Africa to be able to give our clients an effective document legalisation service.

It may be the first time you have heard of an Authentication Certificate or Embassy Document Legalisation. An Authentication Certificate and Embassy Document Legalisation are required if you have business or personal dealings outside of South Africa in a country (CLICK) that has not subscribed to the Hague Apostille Convention which involves some form of official paperwork. Apostilles are required for work, business, legal issues, and personal matters.

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Comprehensive Document Legalisation and Notary Public Services Pretoria, South-Africa. Apostille, Authentications, Embassy Attestations.

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We provide a fast apostille, authentication and embassy attestation service to assist you in legalising your South African documents for use overseas. The Apostille Certificate is normally requested by foreign authorities and organisations in order for the document to be used for official purposes outside of South Africa. The process is also referred to as document legalisation, document authentication or document attestation. Depending on the type of document and the destination country where the document will be used the document legalisation process and time frames may differ vastly.

The process can be complicated and time consuming. Incorrectly preparing your documents or using the wrong process may cause your documents to be rejected in the destination country, which will cause you to start the process over an may cost you that employment opportunity or international deal. Document Legalisation are best left to the experts. This will save you time and ensure that your document are legalised correctly and will be accepted in the destination country.

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Do you need to use a public document from South Africa in a foreign country? You will need to obtain an Apostille Certificate if the Country of Destination is a signatory/member/contracting state to the Apostille Convention (Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Consular Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents). This procedure is known as "authentication" and is used to verify the origin of the public document. South Africa is a member country or state of the Hague Convention. An Apostille Certificate is required before legal SA documents may be used in a foreign country.

The Apostille Certificate is issued by an authority designated by South Africa, called the "Competent Authority". This certificate facilitates the exchange and verification of public documents between signatory countries of the Hague Convention. The Convention abolishes the legalisation process and replaces it with the single formality of an authentication certificate.

The person in the Country of Destination (where the document will be used) cannot judge the authenticity of the document based on face value as they may not be familiar with the identity or official capacity of the person who signed the document or the identity of the authority whose seal and/or stamp it bears. Therefore, the origin of a foreign public document must be certified by an official who is familiar with the document. The verification of any signature on a document is known as ‘authentication’.

An apostille is an internationally recognised document used to certify the authenticity of a document's signature, seal, or stamp. It is commonly used when documents are transferred from one country to another. The apostille is issued by an authorised government official, such as a notary public, and then authenticated by the issuing country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DIRCO) or the High Court.

Once the apostille is issued, it can be used in any other country that is a member of the Hague Convention, a multilateral treaty that establishes the rules and procedures for the authentication of documents. An apostille is a convenient and efficient way to verify the authenticity of documents that need to be transferred from one country to another. It is a form of international authentication that is accepted by most countries around the world.

By obtaining an apostille, individuals and organizations can ensure that their documents are properly certified and accepted by foreign authorities. The apostille process is straightforward and involves the document's signature, seal, or stamp being verified by an authorized government official, followed by authentication by the issuing country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Once the apostille is issued and attached to your document, it can be used in any other country that is a member of the Hague Convention, a multilateral treaty that establishes the rules and procedures for the authentication of documents. In other words, the apostille is an internationally recognised document that allows documents to be transferred from one country to another easily and confidently.
Apostilles from South Africa are issued by the Department of Home Affairs or Registrar of the High Court and take the form of a certificate with the official seal of the South African government or the High Court. The Apostille page has a unique reference number signed by an official from the Department of Home Affairs or the Registrar of the High Court.  An official stamp from the Department of Home Affairs or High Court accompanies it. This Apostille page is then attached to the original document with a green or pink ribbon to ensure it is securely in place.

The Apostille attached to the document is proof that the document is genuine and issued by a legitimate entity. It is an essential part of the process for obtaining visas, passports and other official documents and is recognised across the world.
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Introduction:

When dealing with official South African documents, it's important to know whether or not they need to be notarised and apostillised before they can be used abroad. In this article, we'll go over the requirements and the process of notarising and apostillising documents.

What is Notarisation?
Notarisation is the process of verifying the legitimacy of a document's signatures and contents by a notary public (a specialist attorney). This process is required when a South African document needs to be used in a foreign country. The notary public's signature on the document will need to be verified or authenticated for the foreign country to accept the document as valid.

What is Apostillisation?
Apostillisation is the process of authenticating a notarised document by issuing an Apostille certificate. This certificate confirms the document's validity and makes it legally recognized in foreign countries that are members of the Hague Convention.

Which Countries Require Apostillisation?
Not all countries require apostillisation, only those that are members of the Hague Convention. If the country where the South African document will be used is a member of this convention, the document will need to be apostillised.

How to Apostillise a Document

The process of apostillising a document is relatively straightforward. Here are the steps:
  1. Notarise the document: The first step is to have the document notarised by a notary public.
  2. Obtain an Apostille certificate: After the document has been notarised, an Apostille certificate can be obtained from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation.
  3. Submit the document and certificate: Finally, submit the notarised document and the Apostille certificate to the foreign country where the document will be used.
Conclusion:

Notarising and apostillising documents is an important step for South Africans who need to use their official documents abroad. Whether an Apostille or a Certificate of Authentication is required will depend on the country where the document will be used. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can ensure that your document is legally recognized in the foreign country.

Document Legalisation for Non-Hague Member Countries. Document Legalisation through Authentication process

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How do I Legalise a document through High Court Authentication?

The document is signed, stamped, sealed, and attested by our Notary Public. We then present the document and attestation to the High Court. The High Court will then attach an Authentication or Apostille Certificate (depending on the destination country), which serves to confirm the Notary Public’s signature.
Apart from authentication been done by the High Court, documents must be presented at DIRCO (Legalisation Section at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation). DIRCO will place a further authentication on the document attesting to the veracity of the signature of the High Court Official.
Some countries require further legalisation by means of Embassy Attestation. Also see our Embassy Attestation Page.

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Document Authentication especially for non-member countries of the Hague Convention can be complicated. If you are not familiar with the process it's easy to get it wrong, which may end up costing you a lot of time, opportunity, and money. We will gladly assist. Click the button to get a no obligation quotation with estimated time to complete the process.

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Ordering and quoting online is simple and safe. Complete the secure online form to get a no-obligation quotation with a time estimate for completion. You can use the secure incorporated facility to upload any documents you would like us to check.
 

Apostille, Authentications, Embassy Attestations, Document Legalisation & Notary Public Services Pretoria

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We attend the High Court Pretoria daily to obtain document Authentication Certificates for specific documents. The MID City can be daunting and scary if you don't know your way around. Let us attend to your document legalisation needs. Professional, cost-effective service. More than 10 000 happy clients.

Louwrens Koen Attorneys provide document legalisation services using authentication certificates and embassy legalisations for all South-African documents.

We offer a comprehensive document legalisation service that includes all relevant attendances.

As an expert Document Apostille, Authentication and Embassy Legalisation company, we can not only expedite the legalisation process but also assure you that your documents have been processed correctly as government authorities worldwide require. We handle it all for you!

Document Legalisation and Authentication Certificate Experts 

We can provide authentication certificates for all South African documents and certificates. The process of issuing an authentication certificate varies from one document to another.
The key to our service is ensuring your document is presented to the High Court, DIRCO and Embassy with the appropriate seals and signatures to ensure the Apostille Certificate is issued without delay and that, ultimately,y your documents are accepted when presented to any interested parties outside of South Africa. We can also translate your documents.

How to order/get a quotation for our Apostille Certificate Service.
Complete the online quotation and order form. Use the integrated facility to upload any documents you want us to check safely. We will give a no-obligation quote and time estimate. When accepted, we will proceed.

Complete DIRCO Authentication Service. We will submit, pick up and courier your authenticated documents worldwide. The current DIRCO lead time is three to four weeks. Get the process started as soon as possible and use professionals to legalise your important documents.

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Louwrens Koen Attorneys provide a fast professional DIRCO Authentication Certificate service to assist you in legalising your South African documents for use overseas. The Apostille Certificate is normally requested by foreign authorities and organisations so that the document can be used for official purposes outside of South Africa.

Since the implementation of strict Covid protocols it has become incrementally more difficult and time consuming to legalise your documentation in person at DIRCO. No walk-in customers are allowed, and an appointment must be scheduled which may take a considerable time and cause significant frustration. Make use of a professional document legalisation company who will get your documents correctly apostilled and legalised in the shortest possible time in these restrictive times. The typical cost is R850 per document.

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If you are not sure how to complete the order form or need any advice on additional service do not hesitate to message us for professional free advice. Tel: 0870010733 or cell 073 686 9078



The process when following the route of the i.e., Public Notary/Registrar of the High Court (when the destination country is a signatory to the Apostille Convention) – and when the Apostille Certificate will be issued and affixed If the Convention applies, an Apostille is the only formality that is required to establish the origin of the public document – no additional requirement may be imposed to authenticate the origin of the public document. If a country is a signatory to Apostille Convention, the High Court should issue and affix an Apostille Certificate to the document.  This document should not be submitted to the DIRCO – Legalisation Section.  If the Convention applies, an Apostille is the only formality that is required to establish the origin of the public document – no additional requirement may be imposed to authenticate the origin of the public document.

Document legalisation depends on the circumstances at hand and in which destination country your document will present. Exact pricing is not available until you communicate the factual situation to us. To find out what you need and for us quote you, please complete the no-obligation secure order/quotation form online to get the exact costs and a time estimate. You can use the incorporated facility to upload any documents you would like us to check.  

Authentication - Non Hague

R950/Month
  • Includes All Attendances:
  • One of the fastest Document Authentication Services.
  • The best option for people that are looking for a cost-effective Document Legalisation Service. for Non-Hague member countries.
  • Free Consultation
  • Resubmission at no extra costs in case of rejection
  • We have assisted thousands of individuals and businesses with their document legalisation need

Apostille - DIRCO

R850
  • 4 Week Lead Time
  • One of the fastest Document Authentication Services.
  • The best option for people that are looking for a cost-effective DIRCO Apostille Service.
  • No need to get appointments. We will do everything for you.
  • Notarial authentication (notarisation included)
  • Includes All Attendances
  • Drop off and collect your documents in person at our office in Pretoria
  • DHL International Express Courier to addresses overseas
  • Free Consultation
  • Resubmission at no extra costs in case of rejection
  • No hidden costs
  • We have assisted thousands of individuals and businesses with their document legalisation needs.
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Complete Online Quotation Form

Complete the online quotation and order form. Use the integrated facility to safely upload any documents you want us to check. We will give a no-obligation quotation and time estimate. When accepted we will proceed.

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Send Documents

Courier, post or or hand deliver your documentation to us together with the completed order form.

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Apostille Issued

The apostille certificate will be issued and will be ready for pickup at our offices or will be sent by your chosen method usually within 24 hours.

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Receive your legalised documents

Your legalised documents should be delivered anywhere in the world within just a few days.

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What is a Consent to Travel?
Child abduction has become a growing concern for governments around the world. For this reason, “Consent to Travel” letters are required by an increasing number of governments. When a child travels without one parent, the remaining parent gives written permission for the child/children to leave the country. It is often required that the document be notarised and legalised to verify the signature and identity of the parties involved. This document would be presented to various authorities in South Africa and abroad as evidence that the child/children travelling abroad have not been abducted by their accompanying adult.

Some documents, such as Child Travel Consent forms, are not only necessary but also helpful in keeping children protected. Child Travel Consent forms reduce the risk of abduction or child trafficking. This keeps children safe and prevents missing children from leaving the country.

How do you know if it is needed?
It is best to check with South African Foreign Affairs, your airline, travel agent, or government officials in the country you are visiting to see if it is required. Travelling without consent to travel can lead to travel delays or even denial of exit/entry by one or more of your groups.
Regulations may not require you to provide a Child Travel Consent form if you are flying with children but be sure to check the airline or country border control requirements. Even if a form isn’t legally required, a Child Travel Consent form is highly recommended. Without the proper documents, officers or attendants may not allow you or your child to travel in or out of the country.

Having your Child Travel Consent witnessed or notarised decreases the chance of travel authorities questioning its validity. The country you are travelling to and the airline you are using will affect the legalisation process.

Children Traveling with One Parent
If your child is travelling with only one parent, that parent will need a Child Travel Consent letter that has the other, non-travelling parent’s name, signature, and a short statement authorizing the travel arrangements.

A common scenario for a child traveling with one parent is when the parents are separated or divorced. Custody arrangements can be complex and modify the rules for travel in different ways, but in general it’s important that the child has a travel consent form signed by the non-traveling parent.
With separated parents, it’s also recommended that the parent traveling with the child carry extra documents that demonstrate proof of guardianship, like custody papers, adoption papers, and the child’s birth certificate,
Similar rules apply for a child traveling with adult relatives, like a brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or grandparents, but in this case the travel consent letter must contain the name and signature of both parents instead of just one.
For international travel, some countries may require specific or additional documentation. You can check requirements with the embassy of the country your child is traveling to for more information.

What should the Consent to Travel contain:

We are happy to notarise and authenticate your consent to travel letter for use in any country in the world. It is a quick and effortless process for you. Not sure where to find one? For a small additional fee, we can draft your consent to travel on the spot – without an appointment. message us for more information.
  • The child’s contact information
  • Both parents’ contact information
  • The child’s travel arrangement (one parent, no parents, chaperone, group travel etc.)
  • The child’s destination and dates of travel
  • Proof of their relationship to their child
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Document Legalisation - We check and prepare your documents before submission.

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Document preparation is the first step of the document authentication and legalisation process.

If you make a mistake in this first step you will need to restart the process from the beginning, losing time and money. Read on for information on this crucial step or contact our friendly experts directly to get your questions answered.

How to Prepare Your Documents
Preparing your documents for the authentication and legalization process can involve any of the following:
  • having your documents notarised
  • having a notary make certified true copies of your documents
  • having certified translations made of your documents
  • Provide required supporting documents
Click on the buttons below for more info or contact our friendly specialists to discuss the document preparation requirements that apply to your specific situation!

How can you help me?
When submitting the online quotation form you can use the safe incorporated facility to upload your documents for a free check. If necessary, we will discuss your situation with you to determine the specific document processing requirements that apply. We’ll then help you with these preparations, ensuring your documents are ready for the authentication and legalisation process.  Submit our online quotation form to get GET STARTED and we’ll get right back to you.

True Copy or Notarized copy. What is it?

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This is a photocopy of an original document which is verified by a notary public to be an accurate copy of the original. This is done when an official document (such as an ID, government papers, educational credentials etc.) needs to be provided/submitted to a third party. Often the original document is one of kind and it becomes impractical to give it away.

Normal photocopies could be doctored or altered. The True Copy is objective evidence of the accuracy of the image
How is it done? To do this, the notary must compare the original document to the copy (we can do the photocopying). He/she verifies that the copy is accurate, unaltered and all details match the original. We are happy to certify true copies. This is done quickly and easily. We are here to help you with your true copy needs.
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Experienced Document Legalisation & Notary Public Services. Louwrens Koen Attorneys

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Quick Service
As soon as documents arrive at our office we begin checking, certifying, and processing your order. All documents are hand processed by our team to ensure not only a quick service but to keep your documents safe. If you have any questions, please visit our apostille FAQ pages or contact us for free advice.

Easy To Order
There is no easier way of getting an apostille. On our how to order your apostille page you will find the order form. Simply complete the online form and get your document to us. Alternatively, email us your company documents and academic certificates today and one of the team will let you know how to proceed.

Excellent Support
We pride ourselves on our excellent reputation and elevated levels of customer service. All your phone calls are answered by one of our advisors. We are on hand to answer all of your questions and to provide updates regarding your order. With over 10 years of experience, we know how to process your documents and offer you the best advice on legalising your documents. Please contact us with your questions by telephone or email.

Walk In Services
Need to talk to our legalisation experts or entrust your valuable documents to someone in person?  Pop into our commercial offices in Loftus Versveld Stadium. Ample free and safe parking.

Notary In Attendance
Our Notary Public is in attendance most days from 08h00 to 16h00. Contact our office to check availability.

Privacy
We will handle your documents personally with the utmost security and privacy. We do not make use of outside agents or runners.



Document Legalisation - We check and prepare your documents before submission.

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Document preparation is the first step of the document authentication and legalisation process.

If you make a mistake in this first step, you will need to restart the process from the beginning, losing time and money. Read on for information on this crucial step, or contact our friendly experts directly to get your questions answered.

How to Prepare Your Documents
Preparing your documents for the authentication and legalisation process can involve any of the following:
  • having your documents notarised
  • having a notary make certified true copies of your documents
  • having certified translations made of your documents
  • Provide required supporting documents
Click on the buttons below for more info or contact our friendly specialists to discuss the document preparation requirements that apply to your specific situation!

How can you help me?
When you contact us for a free consultation, we’ll discuss your situation with you to determine the specific document processing requirements that apply. We’ll then help you with these preparations, ensuring your documents are ready for the authentication and legalisation process. Phone us at 0870010733 or fill out our quick GET STARTED form below, and we’ll get back to you.
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A Notary Public is a term that refers to an attorney who possesses in-depth knowledge of a set of legal facts and the processes prescribed therein.  A Notary Public needs to be admitted and authorised by the High Court to witness signatures, draw and attest contracts and statements, and authenticate the validity of certain documents.  This office is held to a higher standard of care than an attorney since the nature of the services they provide is highly ethical and requires specialist knowledge.

What does a Notary do?
Part of a Notary's duty is to screen the individuals who sign important documents for their true identity, their awareness of the contents of the document or transaction, and their willingness to sign without coercion or intimidation. Some situations require a Notary to put the individual under oath, declaration under penalty of perjury that the information contained in a document is true and correct.

A Notary Public has to have impartiality as a foundational value. They need to be duty-bound and thus cannot act in situations with personal interest. The public trusts that the Notary's screening tasks are corruption-and self-interest free. Impartiality also assures that a Notary never refuses to serve a person due to their religion, race, nationality, politics, sexual orientation, or status as a non-customer.

By law, the following documents need to be drawn up by a Notary:
  • Antenuptial Contracts
  • Long-term Leases
  • Servitudes (personal and praedial)
  • Cession of Rights in Sectional Title Schemes
  • Notarial Bonds
A Notary Public is also needed to certify a range of legal documents, including:
  • Marriage certificates 
  • Birth certificates
  • Death certificates
  • Single status certificates
  • Divorce certificates
  • Police clearance certificates
  • Powers of attorney
  • Copies of IDs or passports 
  • Educational documents
Other duties can include: Administering the oath or affirmation, witnessing and authenticating the execution of documents for use inside and outside of a country; protest bills of exchange; and preparing ship protests. 

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