Appointment as a Public Notary - Western Australia


You will need this approval if you intend to practise a public notary. A public notary is a senior legal practitioner appointed by the Supreme Court who is 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.

A public notary can be appointed as a general public notary or a district public notary.

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:

  • be an Australian lawyer and not suspended from legal practice
  • have three years of standing and practice or if less than three years, have practised for seven years as a public notary elsewhere
  • be of good character and reputation
  • be competent to be a public notary.

Appointment is subject to a need for the appointment of a public notary in the district where you are practising.


As specified


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application All $150.00

Appointment as a General Public Notary. Fees for 2023-24

Apply Application All $75.00

Appointment as a District Public Notary. Fees for 2023-24


Act(s) name

Public Notaries Act 1979 Western Australia

Administering agency

Department of Justice

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.