Consular Officers abroad provide notary services similar to the functions of a notary public in the United States. This service is available to both U.S. and foreign citizens who need to have documents notarized for use in the United States.
Australian Justices of the Peace (JPs) are not recognized in the United States.
To have your document notarized at a U.S. Consulate, you must follow the procedures detailed below.
For those seeking to have a document notarized for use in the United States, we encourage you to consider using a remote notarial service provider. This method of notarization is currently permitted in some form in many U.S. states. We recommend that you refer to your specific State Notary Handbook (generally available online) for more information to see if this option is suitable for your specific circumstance.
Documents can be notarized by an Australian notary for use in the United States. This is a two-step process, which does not involve the U.S. Consulates.
Step 1: Have your documents executed in front of an Australian Notary Public.
Following is a list of Australian Public Notaries who have made themselves known to the U.S. Consulates General.
Step 2: Have the signature and seal of the Notary Public authenticated by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by means of an Apostille.
This Apostille will make the notarization of this document legal in the United States under the conditions of the Hague Convention. Please contact the office, or representative, requesting these documents to ensure that an Apostille applied under the conditions of The Hague Convention is acceptable.