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A notary public (sometimes called a notary or a public notary) in New Zealand is a lawyer authorised by the Archbishop of Canterbury in England to officially witness signatures on legal documents, collect sworn statements, administer oaths and certify the authenticity of legal documents usually for use overseas. A notary public uses an embossing tool (seal) to verify his or her presence at the time the documents were signed. When visiting a notary public it is important to have formal identification with you ideally your passport or photo drivers licence. If the document being notarised refers to a specific identity document the notary will need to sight that document as well. In some cases documents once signed by the notary will need to be sent to the Department of Internal Affairs in Wellington for authentication.


We are pleased to announce the 2016 World of Notaries Annual Conference will be held 6th-8th May 2016 at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel located at 1180 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Download your Conference Registration Form.

View WON Annual Conference 2016 Brochure.

Make a reservation at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel. Special rates offered.