All notarial services are by appointment only.
Appointments can be booked via https://acgsh.setmore.com/.
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 smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/
Selling or buying land or property in Australia?
You must provide written instructions from your legal representative in Australia, 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 can not 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.
Verification of Identity (VOI)
The Consulate can complete the DFAT Identity Certificate for land, property or mortgage transactions, but only where a signature is witnessed.
The Consulate can not complete a verification of identity (VOI) form if you only require certified copies of your ID documents.
The Consulate can not sign or complete any other 'Identifiers Certificates' or 'Verification of Identity Certificates'.
The Consulate General does not sign or witness banking documents. Please contact your bank for information on who can wittness your signature.
Notarising Documents for Chinese Visa and Work Permits
The Consulate can provide Certified Copies of original documents by appointment. We can not make Certified Copies of documents printed from the internet, including AFP Police Checks.
A Certified Copy produced at the Shanghai Consulate satisfies the requirements for Shanghai Entry and Exit Administration Bureau (EEAB) Visa and Work Permit applications. Chinese authorities do not require documents to be Authenticated, and we can not Authenticate documents to be used for visa or work permit applications.
If you choose to have your education documents Authenticated for your visa or work permit application, one possible alternate provider is http://www.cscse.edu.cn/publish/portal0/tab105/info6388.htm
Australian Visa Documents
The Consulate can not provide certified copies of documents or witness signatures (including form-888) for Australian Visa applications.
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.
We Can Not Provide Legal Advice
Please ensure that documents relating to the notarial services you require from the Australian Consulate are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for the notarial service you require. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Consulate in Shanghai guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its content. Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.
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
Requirements of this service are:
- Original documents
- Your passport
- Notarial Fees
For more information regarding notarial services please visit https://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/overseas.html
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.
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