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Who can issue an Apostille?

Notaries Public cannot issue you with an Apostille – this is done by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

In cases where your documents are true originals, issued by State Government, for example Birth, Marriage and Death Certificates you will not need the services of a notary, and can get your Apostille directly from DFAT. Usually, however, the documents you send overseas will be certified copies, for which you will need the services of a notary.

The standard procedure when a document requires the affixation of an Apostille is as follows:

  • Documents are notarized
  • DFAT affixes and Apostille
  • Documents are legalized by the relevant embassy if necessary, and sent to your agent in the host country.

If you have been asked to provide an Apostille and fail to do so your documents will be rejected by the host country, costing you both time and money.

The processing time for an Apostille is 2 business days. The DFAT office in Sydney can issue both Apostilles and authentications.

The address and contact details are below:

26 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 1300 935 260
Email: authentications@dfat.gov.au