Australian Embassy
France
Algeria, Chad, Mauritania, Monaco

Notarial services

Appointment Booking 

Opening hours:

09:00 to 12:00 and
14:00 to 16:00
Monday to Friday, 
excluding public holidays.

Appointments can be booked online here. Please ensure you select the Timezone: (GMT +02:00 Central European Time - Paris).

Further information or instructions can be found in our Booking Policy.

Before booking an appointment, please visit smartraveller to learn about the different types of notarial services we offer and their requirements.

Please bring your valid passport or ID card and the original documents to the appointment.

Appointments are not required to collect documents.

Appointments take place at the following address:

Australian Embassy
4 rue Jean Rey 75724 Paris Cedex 15
Metro line 6 - Bir Hakeim Station 
REC C - Station Champs de Mars-Tour Eiffel  

Notarial Services Fees

Notarial Services Fees 

Credit Card Charge Form (used if unable to visit the Embassy)

Australian Documents

The Australian Embassy in Paris may not be able to provide certain documents, including, but not limited to the following:

Australian Police Check

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates

Citizenship Certificates 

Citizenship by Descent (Registering your child as an Australian citizen)

Visas to Australia

Driving Licences

Translations

Apostilles

Australia and France are co-signatories to The Hague Convention, which abolishes the requirement for legalisation of foreign public documents and allows for the simplification of the formal authentication process for public documents. An apostille is a statement placed on a public document that verifies the country of origin of the document, the identity of the signature/seal/stamp that appears on the document, and the capacity in which the person signing the document has acted. The Australian apostille is placed on the original Australian document and can be requested from the Embassy. You will need to confirm with the relevant authorities in France if they require an apostille on an Australian document in order for that document to be recognised.

For more information in regards to apostilles, visit the smartraveller.gov.au website.

We provide apostilles on the following original documents:

-          Documents issued by state/territory Registries of Births Deaths and Marriages

-          Court documents (including Divorce certificates)

-          Police Checks

-          Education documents

-          Other documents issued by Australian Government departments

Note: we cannot issue an apostille on a document that has been tampered, altered, or otherwise damaged.

We will charge a fee per document requiring an apostille. You can consult our fees by visiting our Notarial Services Fees page.

To request an apostille, please make an appointment to visit the Embassy.

If you do not wish to visit the Embassy in Paris, you may request an apostille via registered mail or courier to the following address:

Consular Section
Australian Embassy
4, rue Jean Rey
75724 Paris Cedex 15

Please include the following:

-          The original document;

-          A letter indicating the service you require, with your contact details;

-          The Credit Card Charge Form; and

-          A self-addressed registered post envelope (e.g. Chronopost or Lettre Suivie)

Certified Copies

The Australian Embassy in Paris can certify copies of original documents. The documents must be Australian, or documents that will be used in Australia. We will photocopy your documents and apply the following certification: "This is a true copy of the document presented to me". These are DFAT approved words and cannot change. The Australian Embassy in Paris is not authorised to provide other variations of certifications.

For more information in regards to certified copies, visit the smartraveller.gov.au website.

We can provide certified copies of the following documents:

-          Australian or foreign passports;

-          National ID cards and driving licences;

-          Utility bills;

-          Documents issued by state/territory registries for births, deaths and marriages;

-          Police checks;

-          Education documents; and

-          Other official documents.

Note: we cannot issue a certified copy of a document that is expired or has been tampered, altered, or otherwise damaged.

We will charge you a fee per document requiring certification. Each document must be photocopied and certified separately. We are unable to photocopy multiple documents onto one page. You can consult our fees by visiting our Notarial Services Fees page.

To request a certified copy, please make an appointment to visit the Embassy.

If you do not wish to visit the Embassy in Paris, you may request a certified copy via registered mail or courier to the following address:

Consular Section
Australian Embassy
4, rue Jean Rey
75724 Paris Cedex 15

Please include the following:

-          The original document;

-          A letter indicating the service you require, with your contact details;

-          The Credit Card Charge Form; and

-          A self-addressed registered post envelope (e.g. Chronopost or Lettre Suivie)

Witnessing Signatures

You can have your signature witnessed on certain documents by a consular officer at the Australian Embassy in Paris.

For more information in regards to certified copies, visit the smartraveller.gov.au website.

Each receiving authority may have different criteria for how your signature is required to be witnessed. Make sure you confirm that a Consular/Diplomatic Officer or Authorised Consular Employee is authorised to witness your signature. You must bring your passport or other form of identification (showing both your photo and signature with you so that we can confirm your identity.

The documents on which we can witness your signature include:

-          Statutory declarations;

-          Client Authorisations and property transfer documents; and

-          Identification verification documents

We will charge you the relevant witnessing fee for each signature that requires witnessing on your document. If two officers need to witness your signature, we will charge you two fees. If two signatures require witnessing on one document, we will charge you two fees. You can consult our fees by visiting our Notarial Services Fees page.

To request a witnessing of signature, please make an appointment to visit the Embassy.

Affidavits

An affidavit is a legally binding statement of fact used as evidence in court or other legal proceedings. The person making the affidavit must swear an oath (a religious statement) or make an affirmation (a non-religious statement) that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. It is an offence to swear or affirm false statements.

Our role is to establish the identity of the person making the affidavit and administer the oath/affirmation. We do not endorse or rely on the content of the Affidavit.

To request an affidavit, please make an appointment to visit the Embassy.

Note: affidavit services are available on Friday mornings only, between 10 and 11 am.

Translations

You may need to have your documents translated. The Australian Embassy in Paris cannot provide translation services.

If you require an official translation between English and French, visit our list of Sworn Translators.

For Australian accredited translation services, please consult the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)

Marriage and PACS

For information in regards to getting married overseas, please visit the Smartraveller.gov.au website

Australians wanting to get married in France may need to provide documentation to the French authorities. For more information, visit our page on Marriage in France.

Australians wanting to enter into a PACS relationship (civil partnership) can find further information by visiting our page on PACS in France.

Disclaimer

Clients are advised that the documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian missions overseas must be presented in the correct form with 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 mission overseas guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents.

Contact us

Australian Embassy
4 rue Jean Rey, 75724 Paris Cedex 15
Metro Line 6 Station Bir-Hakeim
RER C Station Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel
Tel: +33 (0) 1 40 59 33 00
E-mail: Consular.Paris@dfat.gov.au