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A Notary Public is an officer of the law who holds an internationally recognised public office. The duty and function of a Notary, as an impartial and legally trained witness, is to serve the public in non-contentious matters usually concerned with foreign or international business. A Notary is empowered to prepare, attest, authenticate and certify deeds and other documents, required or intended for use anywhere in the world. Her signature and official seal renders them acceptable, as proof of matter attested by him, to the judicial or other public authorities in the country where they are to be used.


Irish Notaries may notarise documents for use anywhere in the world which is why we are needed frequently by business operating abroad or individuals needing to transact business or matters in another jurisdiction.


A notary can notarise documents in the locality where their office is situate and in the surrounding localities only. Should you need the chosen notary to travel to you to sign and notarise the documents in a location other than his / her own locality you  should ensure they are authorised to sign and notarise documents at that required destination.


We are most commonly asked to notarise documents. This can mean to attest, certify, signs and seal the following documents most frequently:

  • Powers of Attorney: giving someone authority to act on another’s behalf

  • Certifying documents as true copies for use abroad: e.g. Company Cert of incorporation or a marriage certificate

  • Transfer documents for the purchase or sale of foreign property - a notary public will advance the attendance and identity of attendee and their signing of documents 

  • Affidavits and Declarations – documents required for use as evidence in a legal setting.

  • We can advise on legalisation at the various Embassies and we can guide you in obtaining the Apostille stamp  from the Department of Foreign Affairs or an embassy stamp that you may require



  1. Make an appointment and see if the notary can assist you with your requirement and establish availability and charges.

  2. Establish what requirements the notary may have of you, e.g. proof of identity, irish passport and current utility bill.

  3. Check your documentation is complete and leave no blank sections but DO NOT SIGN anything yet.

  4. Any documentation presented in a foreign language may need an official translated version completed by a small panel of recognised translation services in Ireland.  You may also need to sign confirmation that you understand the language in which the document is prepared / partially prepared The notary may require you confirm that the foreign document was produced by and explained to you by someone whom you trust.

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