Foreign authorities may request a document to be issued with an Apostille or an Authentication certificate before they will accept it. This is called ‘legalisation’.
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Explore this page for information about how to find out if you need your document legalised and which documents we can legalise in Australia.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides notarial services overseas. We deliver these services through our embassies and consulates.
The Australian Government can provide some notarial services. The services we provide depends if requested in Australia or overseas. We charge fees for our service.
This page provides general advice about getting legally married overseas.
If you're going overseas to get married, you may need a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) to prove you're free to marry.
The Consular State of Play provides a snapshot of consular assistance provided to Australians during 2021-22.