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From the MyNotary Network: an informal collection of notaries public located throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
Useful Info & Fees

Some general information is provided below. However be aware that each notary is independent and may work differently. For specific information please go to the web 
page of the MyNotary notary nearest to you See list by county

Preparing the documents 
Making an appointment
What you need to bring with you
Translations
Legalisation and Apostilles.
Fees

Preparing the documents
Often, somebody will have already prepared the documents for you and all that needs to be done is to notarise them. 

If you have received the documents by e-mail, you may be asked to forward them to the notary in order that the documents can be checked to ensure that they are suitable for notarisation. 

The notary can prepare many standard international documents in English from scratch. For this type of work fees are usually calculated based on an hourly rate.


Making an appointment
Many notaries offer a flexible walk-in service however it is best to confirm a time and date in case the notary is not available. 


What you need to bring with you
Notarisation is a very serious process. Parties and officials in other countries rely on a notary’s confirmation that documents are genuine and have been signed by the right people. The law therefore requires that the notary makes careful identity checks before proceeding.

When you visit the notary bring with you your passport or other official photo ID (e.g. both parts of a full UK driving licence) and two forms of official confirmation of your residential address such as bank statements and utility bills. 


Translations
If the document is not in English, the Notary can still certify it if he or she is satisfied that it contains a complete English translation. In exceptional cases a document can be notarised in a foreign language alone if the Notary is satisfied that you fully understand it. If you do not have a translation, the notary can arrange to obtain one for you – if possible send the documents in advance by email.

When necessary, the notary can also arrange for documents that have been prepared in English for you, to be translated into a foreign language. This takes time, so if your transaction is urgent please try to instruct the notary in advance to agree the extra charges with you before the notary arranges the translation.


Legalisation and Apostilles
For some legal documents to be effective outside the United Kingdom, they must be ‘legalised’.

Legalisation is the official confirmation that the signature, seal and stamp of the notary is that of a genuine, practising UK notary public.

Stage one involves the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO): they verify the notary’s signature and attach an ‘Apostille’ to your document or to the Notarial Cover Sheet prepared by the notary. Stage two: some countries require a further verification process from their embassies or consulates. Your local MyNotary notary can do all this for you, just ask. 
List of Documents that may be Legalised 


Fees 
Some notaries always calculate fees at an hourly rate; others will provide a fixed price or provide a quotation from the facts of the matter provided by you. As notaries are independent of each other and, if applicable, from the law firm they work with, some charge VAT and some do not. 


Contact your nearest MyNotary listed here

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