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Notary Public

New Zealand, Australia, islands in the West Indies and many American States favour and request that the documents you serve on their behalf as a process server in the UK are sworn with a Notary Public, to comply with the requirements of their home Court.

The Affidavit of Service that is sworn at your Local Court or with a Local Solicitor is not the same as a Notarised Swear.

The Affidavit costs from £07.00, the Notarisation costs between £60.00 to £100.00.

The Notary Public can be a Solicitor, but, this is not always the case.


The Faculty Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury ultimately regulates and gives provenance to the select few Notaries that operate in the UK.

Notarisation means that Courts outside the UK can accept the documents – bearing the Notaries red seal, without the need for further certification or confirmation of the “Authenticity” of the document.

The Faculty Office also provides an excellent search facility should you need to engage a Notary Public in the UK.

Your client can also use this search facility to confirm the Notary is acting under the authority of the Faculty Office

An apostille is an international certification that also gives authenticity, “legalises” a document and is comparable to a notarisation. In the UK, The Legalisation Office can receive documents digitally and will issue electronic ‘e-Apostille’ certificates. The apostille process in the UK applies to overseas working visas, birth certificates and the like, rather than to prove a document has been served.

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