Appointment as a Public Notary - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this appointment if you intend to become a public notary in New South Wales. Public notaries are barristers or solicitors who are given statutory powers at a national and international level to:

  • witness documents
  • administer oaths
  • draw up and certify wills, deeds, contracts and powers of attorney.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible to perform this service you must:

  • have been a barrister or solicitor for at least five years
  • hold a current Australian practising certificate as a barrister, solicitor or legal practitioner
  • have completed the Notarial Practice Course
  • submit the required forms and documentation
  • pay any required fees.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Appointment is for life but you must submit a notification of your current particulars annually.



Certificate of Current Appointment


Notification of Change of Particulars

GeneralMiscellaneous$160.00Late application fee
Duplicate Certificate$180.00

Replacement of original certificate



Applications must be mailed to the Board.

Administering agency

Department of Justice
Justice Strategy and Policy
Legal Profession Admission Board

Act(s) name

Public Notaries Act 1997 (New South Wales)

Regulation(s) name

Public Notaries Appointment Rules 1998 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Department of Justice
Justice Strategy and Policy
Legal Profession Admission Board

Operating address:
Level 4
37 Bligh St (cnr Hunter)
New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 3980
Sydney, New South Wales 2001


02 9338 3500


02 9338 3555

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