What is Legalisation?
Legalisation simply means confirming that a signature, seal
or stamp appearing on a document is genuine.
Why documents need to be Legalised?
The signatures or seals of a Singapore notary public on certain
documents from Singapore have to be confirmed ie Legalised before
those documents can be accepted in some countries.
For example, if you want to get married or start a business
overseas, documents (such as your birth certificate or corporate
documents) may need to be 'Legalised'. To Legalise a document,
a Notarial Certificate issued and signed by the Notary Public
is confirmed by the Singapore Academy of Law, Ministry of Foreign
Affairs and or the receiving country’s Embassy.
Legalisation is the process by which the signature and seal
of the notary are authenticated by the Singapore Academy of
Law or Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Embassy.
Some countries need one certificate from all the above. This
can take a slightly longer time.
I may not be able to tell you in advance what Legalisation will
cost, but fees can be high for some commercial documents. My
Legalisation service fee, excludes fees charged by
| Singapore Academy of Law ($25.75 for each
document), Ministry of Foreign Affairs ($10.00 each) and the respective
embassies (ranges from $10.00 to $700.00 each).
Do I need Legalisation?
Ask the agency or company in the receiving country whether you need
to Legalise the documents. They will know. If in doubt, you may wish
to Legalise so as to avoid costly delay and freight expenses.
What is a Notarial Certificate? Do I
Again, ask the overseas party whether they require it. However, any
document requiring Legalisation must
be accompanied by a Notarial Certificate. This is because the Singapore
Academy of Law will reject any document not accompanied by a Notarial
A Notarial Certificate is a certificate issued and signed by the Notary
Public certifying, for example, that the person(s) stated in the document
have signed the document in the Notary’s presence. He could
also confirm in the Notarial Certificate that he had compared a copy
of a document with the original and have found the former to be true