Australian Consulate-General
Shanghai, China

Notarial Services

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 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.

 

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.

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

 

Visa Documents

The Consulate can not provide certified copies of documents  or witness signatures (including form-888) for Australian Visa applications.

 

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.

 

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 Signatures

Requirements of this service are: 

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 https://smartraveller.gov.au/services/legalising-documents/overseas.html

 

Fees

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.