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Legal Processes - Notarial Services
The Notarial Section is open from 09.00 - 17.00 Monday to Friday only.
To ensure a prompt and efficient service, please contact us (Tel: +41 (0) 022 799 9100) to arrange an appointment before you come to the office.
Please note that any documents to be provided for the Swiss authorities that are not in one of the three official languages of Switzerland (French, German or Italian) must be officially translated.
Consular officials at the Australian Consulate-General in Geneva are authorised to perform certain notarial acts, these include:
- Certifying copies of original documents
The original document must be present to be sighted. There is no need to bring copies; copies will be done by us.
If you require certified copies of documents and you don’t wish to come in person, you may address your written request, with any relevant instructions, to the Consular and Passports Manager. If all the papers are in order and payment has been made, processing will be completed within 3 working days.
Please provide the following:
- Your original documents (we strongly recommend that you forward documents by registered mail)
- A stamped addressed envelope for the return of your documents
- Proof of payment for the notarial service – please see below for payment method and current fees.
- Witnessing of signatures on certain documents
This service requires an appointment at the Australian Consulate General in Geneva.
It is the responsibly of the client to present the documents to be witnessed in the correct form and to provide the correct instructions for witnessing.
Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Consulate General in Geneva, guarantees the legal effectiveness of the content of a document or the accuracy of its content.
- Authentication (legalisation) of documents
Documents originating or executed in Australia, whether private or public, are often required to be “authenticated” (or “legalised”) before they can be used.
Authentication does not, however, verify the truth or accuracy of the contents of a document.
The precise requirement for each authentication is a matter for the Swiss authorities to determine and should be confirmed with them before an appointment is made.
Please note that this is not the equivalent to an Apostille.
Taking of Statutory Declarations (to download a blank statutory declaration form please use this link - http://www.ag.gov.au/statdec)
- Administration of Oaths and Affirmations
- Witnessing of signatures on Notices of Intended Marriage and Certificates of No Impediment to Marriage and issuing the declaration.
- Witnessing signatures for the renewal of Australian Driver’s Licenses (overseas driver’s license kits)
Note that Apostilles cannot be performed overseas; these must be obtained from Australia. If you require an Apostille or more information on obtaining an Apostille please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs Smartraveller website for more information.
Also, note that some services, such as signing mortgage documents or powers of attorney, may require a longer wait as specific staff are required for these acts and are not always available straight away.
FOR ALL THE ABOVE SERVICES PLEASE BRING SUITABLE IDENTIFICATION, e.g. YOUR PASSPORT
Under the Consular Fees Act of 1955 a scale of fees apply to Passport and Notarial services.
Fees are subject to change on a monthly basis due to exchange rate movements between the Australian Dollar and Swiss Franc. Updated fees will be available on the website by 10am on the first working day of the month. New fees will apply for all notarial services provided at the Consulate-General from the first working day of the month.
Please note, if your payment is transferred towards the end of the month and the documentation is not received at the Consulate-General until the following month, you will be either refunded the difference if there is a reduction in fees or required to pay the additional amount if there has been a fee increase.
Attending in person
If you are attending an appointment in person, please note that fees are payable in cash at the time of appointment.
There are no credit card facilities.
Lodging by mail
If lodging by mail, payment is to be made by bank transfer payable to:
Name: The Australian Consulate Official Account
Bank: UBS, case postale, 1211 Genève 2
Account number: 240-211813.00E
IBAN: CH67 0024 0240 2118 1300 E
If you have any questions concerning payment please contact us.
Fees for Notarial Services (December 2013)
|Certificate of no Impediment for Marriage (CNI) –||CHF 76.00|
|Witnessing Signature/ Legalisation of signature/ Misc services||CHF 17.00|
|Australian Driver’s License formalities (photo kit)||CHF 42.00|
|Certified Copies (per Document)||CHF 25.00|