What is a notary ?

Certain legal documents must be drafted and signed by a Notary. Not all Lawyers are Notaries. A Notary has the additional authority issued by the High Court to draft and sign these legal documents. We are Notaries also.

Legal documents that require notarial execution:

  • Antenuptial Agreements (visit our dedicated website and online shop HERE)
  • Attestation of a person’s signature on a document (for use in SA or abroad)
  • Authentication of a document as a true copy of the original (for use in SA or abroad)
  • Notarial Life Partnership Agreements
  • Long Term leases
  • Notarial Bonds
  • Servitudes
  • Cession of rights

What is an apostille?

It may happen that in addition to the Attestation and Authentication Certificate by the Notary, another document is required to confirm that the Notary is a duly admitted authorised Notary. This additional document is called an Apostille and is used by the High Court who admitted and authorised the Notary. We will apply and provide you with an Apostille, if needed.

Legal documents a notary CAN NOT authenticate

Certain documents issued in South Africa (to be used abroad) may only be authenticated by the DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION (DIRCO) and not by a Notary.

We attend to the Authentication and Apostille by the relevant DEPARTMENT IN SA  and DIRCO of the following:

  1. Documents issued by the DEPARTMENT OF HOME AFFAIRS (i.e. birth, marriage, death certificates; letters of no impediment (marital status); proof of citizenship; travel documents (passports) or identity documents)
  2. POLICE CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES (not older than 6 months)
  3. HEALTH PROFESSIONS COUNCIL OF SOUTH AFRICA (HPCSA – MEDICAL CERTIFICATES)
  4. Degrees issued by the DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TRAINING (DHET)
  5. Matric certificates issued by the DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION (DBE) / (UMALUSI)
  6. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY (EXPORT RELATED DOCUMENTS)
  7. COMPANIES AND INTELLECTUAL COMMISSION OFFICE (CIPC)
  8. DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (DTI)
  9. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT

What costs are involved ?

  • Notarial authentication certificate
    • Certification of a copy as a true copy of the original: R450-00
  • Notarial attestation certificate.
    • Certification of a person’s signature on a document: R650-00
  • Apostille from the high court
    • Certificate from the High Court that Notary is authorised: R1 050-00
  • Notarial life partnership agreement
    • Drafting of agreement between life partners and attending to signatures: R1 300-00
  • Authentication by relevant SA Department (DHET or AMALUSI)
    • Arranging Authentication by relevant SA DEPARTMENT that issued document: R1 200-00
  • Authentication / Apostille by Dirco
    • Arranging Authentication  / Apostille by DIRCO: R2 000-00

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