FAQs

Here are some questions that we are asked regularly.  If you have a question not answered here, get in touch and we can provide some assistance.

Recently I had a document certified by notary public and they kept copies of all my documents. Are they required to keep copies of the documents and identification details I supplied?

It is a legal obligation on Notaries that they retain copies of documents they action and any identification documents used for that purpose. The requirement of the international convention for Notary actions is that they can be independently verified by the overseas person or authority receiving the documents.  .

As part of that convention/process the notary has to be able to compare the document held by the recipient against the copy retained by them in their records.

Be assured your documents and the information contained in them is otherwise retained confidentially by the Notary. They can only be used by the Notary for that verification process and cannot be disclosed or used by them for any other purpose. The usual provisions in relation to Data Protection apply.

Where the transaction is regulated in accordance with Anti-Money Laundering  and Terrorist Financing Regulations it may be necessary for the Notary to retain certain documents to comply with their obligations as a designated person under those regulations.

We wish to obtain the services of a Notary Public. How much does it cost?

There is no fixed scale of fees for Notary services.  Costs will vary from and will generally depend on the Complexity, Risk, Urgency and nature of the service required.

We wish to obtain the services of a Notary Public. Can you arrange an appointment for us?

No.  The Faculty of Notaries is a membership organisation we do not arrange appointments for members of the public. Details of our members can be found in the find a notary section of this website.

I need an Irish notarization for a document. I am now living overseas. Can I email my document to you?

If the notary is able to verify the document from the issuing authority then the Notarization can proceed.

This is different from when you are required to sign a document.  In that case you must generally sign in front of the Notary personally after proving your identity.

How do I make an appointment to see a Notary Public?

Use the Find a Notary feature on this website to find a Notary that is suitably located for you. The contact details are available for you to make contact with them

My document is in a foreign language. How do I find a notary who speaks this language?

It is not necessary that the Notary understands the foreign language. The person signing the document must however understands the language and the effect of the document they are signing.

I have a PoA that I would like to have notarized in for use abroad. Do I need to have the PoA authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs after it has been notarized?

It is always advisable to check with the authority or person receiving the document whether it requires further authentication after completion by the Notary. If they advise further authentication is required then the Notary can advise you how to go about this.

 

I need a US notary for my client who lives in Ireland. Do you have a notary with a US stamp?

An Irish  Notary Public  is only authorised able to notarised documents in their own country and within the counties for which they are appointed . An Irish notary is recognised in the US as is an US Notary recognised in Ireland.

We need to get an Apostille Certificate for our Power of Attorney? Can you please advise if a notary public is able to assist in providing this?

The Notary will witness your signing on the Power of Attorney and provide you with a certificate confirming your due execution of same. They can then arrange for the Apostille with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) if required. Alternatively you are able to arrange that yourself directly with the DFA

I am looking for a Notary who can do a Medallion Signature Guarantee needed by a bank in the USA?

This is not something prepared by a Notary. The notary can however assist you in verifying  your identification to the standards required by the US Bank.

I am an Foreign National  living in Ireland. I want to know if there is anyone locally who can administer an affidavit / declaration for use in my home country.

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