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 online appointment system for all notarial and passport services. Appointments are available Sunday to Thursday. You must make an online appointment for each service that requires your personal attendance. The embassy is closed to the public on Public Holidays.
Before you make the appointment, you must ensure that you have read and understood all applicable requirements listed below.
For the steps on how to make an online appointment, please refer to this file.
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.
Endorsement of Photographs
To have your photo endorsed/certified, you must come in person to the Embassy and produce your photo along with a valid official photo ID (preferably your passport). Please be advised that the only wording we can use to endorse photo is "This is a true likeness of (your full name)".
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.
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
The Australian Embassy in Riyadh will accept only credit card payments for notarial services in Australian dollars (Visa, Mastercard & American Express). Please note, Visa cards and Mastercards with the mada logo are not currently accepted. It is no longer possible to pay in cash.
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 [email protected] or by phone +966 11 2500993/0