Seeing a notary – what you need to know

Seeing a notary – what you need to know

Getting ready

The Notary will:

  • expect you to make an appointment. Notarial Work at Boyes Turner is strictly by appointment only
  • need you to bring two forms of good evidence of identity together with proof of address. Generally, this will have to be a current valid passport and photo driving licence and something like a Council tax or electricity bill to confirm your address. Your proof of address must be less than three months old.
  • need to be satisfied that you understand any document particularly a document which is not in English. If you or the Notary do not understand the document, the Notary will not be able to help
  • want to see any relevant papers or documents that relate to the matter

It helps a lot if you can email or send a copy of your document to the Notary before your appointment.

What does it cost?

For most matters the Notary should be able to tell you his fee in advance. For more complex matters he will tell you how his fee will be assessed – usually based on how long he will have to work on your matter. There may be fees to pay to third parties, such as the Foreign Office or an Embassy.

How long will it take?

If the document is straightforward, already prepared and in the correct form the Notary is likely to need to see you for a minimum of 15 – 20 minutes and complete it in half an hour. Obviously it takes longer if the document is not straightforward or he has to draw up the document or make a proper copy.

Many countries want documents to be countersigned by their London Embassies (legalisation) and this will take several days unless you want to take them to the Embassy in person and wait in line. The fees and procedures for this vary widely but the Notary should be able to give you a reasonably accurate idea of the time and cost.


Notarial services at Boyes Turner are strictly during normal office hours of 9.00am to 5.30pm. They will, however make arrangements to see you out of hours or out of the office if it is really necessary. This is subject to availability. This may cost more and take longer. If the Notary is away or unavailable his office should be able to contact another Notary for you, but you may have to travel some distance.

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