Australian Consulate-General
Shanghai, China

Notarial Services

All notarial services are by appointment only.

Appointments can be booked via

Notarial services appointments are available Tuesday to Thursday afternoons.

Appointments should be made at least two weeks in advance.


Notarial Services Information

More information is available at


Selling or buying land or property in Australia?

It is a requirement that written instructions from your legal representative in Australia be provided in addition to the land documents you need witnessed or certified. Where instructions from your legal representative are not provided, the service will be declined.

We cannot complete Victorian Land Transfer Duties Form 6A. It must be signed and witnessed by a person authorised under section 107A(1) of the Evidence (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1958 per 'How do I complete this form?' on page 1 of your form. Contact your representative to see who else can help you (such as a notary public or an Australian lawyer).

More information is available from Smartraveller under the "Selling or buying land or property in Australia" section.


Banking Documents

The Consulate General does not sign or witness banking documents. Please contact your bank for information on who can wittness your signature.


Notary Public

DFAT officers are not notaries public. Please contact your lawyer for advice on local notaries public.

Alternative Shanghai notarial service providers can be found here.


Notice to Clients - We can not provide legal advice

Please ensure that documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian Consulate-General are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for witnessing any signatures on the documents. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to witnessing signatures on a particular document, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Consulate-General in Shanghai guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.


Notarial Services include:

  • certification of copies of official documents

  • witnessing of signatures on documents

  • witnessing the execution of affidavits

  • taking statutory declarations

  • authentication of documents


Witnessing and Certifying Documents:

Requirements of this service are: 

  • Original documents

  • Proof of your current name and signature, such as your passport

  • Service Fee  

The Consulate can not complete a verification of identity (VOI) form if you only require certified copies of your ID documents.

For more information regarding notarial services please visit



Under the Consular Fees Act of 1955 a fee applies to these services.

At the Shanghai Consulate-General Notarial Fees can only be paid using mPOS (Apple Pay, Alipay & WeChat Pay), Chinese ATM cards and most international credit cards. We can not accept American Express cards without a UnionPay symbol and can not accept cheques or cash.

Fees can vary each month due to changes in the exchange rate.


Translation and Interpreting Services

The Shanghai Consulate-General can not interpret or translate documents. These links provide details of local lawyers and translators.