In South Africa, there are two ways to notarize a document. The first option is to visit your nearest Police Station (SAPS) and ask for notarization. This is usually free. But, with the way things are in our country, I don’t have to tell you that while it seems like a simple process, it could turn out to be more challenging than you can imagine taking that route. 


The other option is to have your documents notarized by a Notary Public. A Notary Public is a practising attorney with additional qualifications. You can expect to pay a fee when opting for this route. It is, however, the safest, more efficient route.


If you live abroad, you won’t be able to do either. But, before you book a plane ticket to come back to SA, you might be interested to know that you can hire a documents agent like Doc Assist to help get your documents notarized. 


Document Notarization: Why Do You Need It?

It is necessary for a document to be attested, apostilled, authenticated, and notarized by a notary public to be used abroad. In countries where the Hague Convention is not in effect, authentication is required instead of an apostille to affix, seal, and sign official documents for international use.

How to Get a Document Notarized from Abroad

It’s simple. Send us the documents you need to be authenticated, and we’ll handle the rest. Documents destined for international use can be legalised, apostilled, certified, and notarized by us. Here are some of the services we provide:

  • Notary Services
  •  Notarial Certification of educational qualifications
  • Apostille services for police clearances and higher education documents (degrees, diplomas, etc.)
  • Attendances at Foreign Affairs
  • Attendances at the High Court
  • Attendances at the various Consulates and Embassies


For more information or to start the process, get in touch with the team at Doc Assist today. 


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