Australian Embassy
Saudi Arabia

Notarial

 

The Embassy provides a limited range of notarial services, and charges for this service.  These services are for Australian documents, or foreign documents intended for use in Australia. The embassy does not act as a notary public or JP. For information on the different types of notarial services offered by DFAT, please visit smartraveller (http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/overseas.html).

The Embassy operates an appointment system for all notarial and passport services. The embassy is closed to the public on Public Holidays. You must make an appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. Persons requiring any of these services can email reg.riyadh@dfat.gov.au or call +966 11 250 0993/0, to make an appointment.

 

Disclaimer

Please ensure that documents relating to the notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for the notarial service you require. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy Saudi Arabia guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its content. Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.

 

SERVICES WE PROVIDE:

 

Authentications and apostilles

Overseas, we can only authenticate Australian public documents or foreign documents intended for use in Australia that have already been authenticated by the local foreign affairs department or other approved agency.

Laminated documents or those that are damaged cannot be accepted for authentication or apostille. Applicants may need to obtain a replacement from the issuing authority. Please visit smartraveller (http://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/overseas.html), or contact the Embassy for further details.

 

Certifying copies of original documents

Only Australian documents or foreign documents intended for use in Australia can be certified by DFAT. 

Often certified copies can be made by alternative authorised witnesses. You should check with the organisation or agency who has requested the document if they may have a list of alternative verifier in the country you reside at.

                  For information on certifying copies of original documents, please see this file.

 

Witnessing signatures

The document must be prepared before your appointment. It is your responsibility to present the document to be witnessed in the correct form and to provide the correct instructions for witnessing. DFAT staff do not have the authority to provide legal advice.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment. When attending the Embassy to have your signature witnessed, you will also need to bring your current original identity document showing your photo, current name and signature.

 

Affidavits

The person making the affidavit must take an oath (a sworn commitment based on religious belief) or make an affirmation (a secular sworn commitment) that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. It is generally an offence to swear to or affirm false information.

DFAT's role is to witness the affidavit and administer the oath or affirmation. It does not attest to the authenticity or truth of the content of the evidence or information.

It is your responsibility to provide the document/s in the correct form and to provide any additional witnessing/administering instructions which should have been provided to you. Please obtain clear instructions from your legal advisor or the entity requiring the affidavit before attending the Australian Embassy. DFAT does not provide legal advice and takes no responsibility for the correctness of the form of an affidavit.

DFAT staff do not have the authority to provide legal advice or to draw up legal documents. Nor can they guarantee the legal effectiveness of documents they witness. Check with your legal advisor if you have doubts.

 

Issuing of Certificates of no Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident wishing to marry overseas, the foreign government may request that you have a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) issued.

For information on getting marriage overseas, please visit http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/birth-death-marriage/Pages/getting-married-overseas.aspx

 

             Obtaining a Saudi Police Clearance

For Australians and PR holders who wish to obtain a Saudi Police Clearance Certificate before leaving Saudi Arabia on final exit, the Saudi relevant authorities may request a letter from the Embassy to issue the Police Clearance Certificate. Please contact the Embassy for requirements and rates for issuing the letter.

 

             Fees

All notarial fees are payable in Saudi Riyals only at the nominated exchange rate which changes monthly. No other currency is acceptable. Please contact the Embassy for the most current fee in Saudi Riyals and payment method.

 

Processing Time

The notarial service is generally done on the spot and you will be able to take the document with you after your appointment. 

For notarial services sent by mail, please allow approximately 7 working days for processing.

 

For further details please contact our Notarial and Consular Section on reg.riyadh@dfat.gov.au or by phone +966 11 2500993/0