We have several Justices of the Peace who can provide JP services. It is recommended that you call ahead to confirm that one is available.
Mr John Ryan is a Notary Public and is the only Notary Public carrying on practice in the Whitsunday Area.
He has been admitted as a Notary Public in Queensland for over 30 years.
Notarial services are many and varied but very frequently fall under the following heads;
- Notarisation of documents for foreign jurisdictions;
- Providing Notarial Certification of copies of documents required in foreign jurisdictions;
- The provisions of notarial certificates of identity and existence of persons resident in Australia but in receipt of pensions and other allowances from foreign countries.
Unlike Justices of the Peace, Notaries Public are entitled to charge for the services provided. Typically for the provision of a Notarial Certificate a fee of between $165.00– $550.00 (inclusive of GST) is payable. When initially attending a Notary, proof of identity must be produced. The most common forms of proof of identity is from the production of a valid passport, a valid driver’s licence or any other document incorporation photo ID.
In most circumstances, the notary will draw up a Notarial Certificate which in many cases also has to been authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This requires the Notary’s Notarial Certificate to be submitted to the department by the Notary together with the prescribed fee payable to “The Collector of Public Monies”. The documents are usually then returned either to the Notary or to the client. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade authenticates the Notary’s signature and seal, by applying one of two types of documents namely a Apostille or an Authentication depending on the country for which the Notarial Certificate is required. [the Hague Convention dictates which form of authentication is required]
For more information on the role and functions of a Notary Public your attention is drawn to the following website www.societyofnotaries-qld.org