What is a Notary?
A notary is a person licensed by the government to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. Such documents can include Power of Attorneys (POA), Contracts, Agreements, Affidavits and the like.
Why/When do I need a Notary?
You might need documents notarised, or documents to be certified to be true copy in certain instances.
For example, if you are accepting a job offer overseas, your employer might require your educational certificates and other documents (such as the police clearance form) to be notarised. This would mean having a notary public sign and stamp your documents to certify that it is true copy. The purpose is to show that your documents are legitimate and to prevent fraud or identity theft.
Usually, the organization you are dealing with will inform you if you need to get your documents notarized.
What is Certified True Copy?
As it’s name suggests, certifying true copy refers to the notary ensuring that the documents are true copies of the original. This can be done via a notary’s signature and stamp on the document in question. Documents involved here can be marriage/birth certificates, certificates of incorporation, educational certificates and more.
What is a Notarial Certificate?
From 15 February 2017 onwards, notaries are required by law to issue a notarial certificate for each document that they verify. This notarial certificate will cost an additional $75 (Part 2(c))
Where can I get it done?
You would typically have to visit a lawyer who is a notary public. This means that they are qualified lawyers (who have been in practice for no less than 7 years) appointed by the Board of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public under the Singapore Academy of Law.
If you are unsure as to which notary to engage, you can browse through this alphabetical list of Notary Public in Singapore and contact them.
Alternatively, LawyerSearch also works with notaries who provide notary services. You can click here to fill up the form, and one of our notaries will respond to you. A benefit of this method is that our lawyers can give you guidance as to what to do over call/email, which saves you time from coming down to their offices.
We also respond to enquiries on weekends and public holidays, which means the notary can prepare what you need on the next working day.
How much do notaries cost?
Short Answer : From experience with our users, usually $100 onwards – but dependant on what documents are involved, and quantity.
Long Answer : See image below
How long does it take?
Getting your documents certified true copy usually takes a few days, assuming everything goes smoothly. If the notary receives your documents at the start of the week, they can typically get it notarised before the week ends.
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