Notaries are members of the third arm of the legal profession, alongside Solicitors and Barristers. This is the oldest arm of the legal profession. Notaries are concerned with the authentication of documents for use abroad. This authentication is called a "Notarial Act".
Examples of Notarial Acts include the following: Notarising company documentation, Notarising powers of attorney, Witnessing the execution of document,s Certifying passports, Certifying degrees, diplomas, certificates, Certifying marriage and birth certificates, Notarising reports regarding child adoption, Preparing notarial certificates.
Many countries require that a document be “legalised” before use. If the country in question is a party to the Hague Convention, the document is signed and sealed by the Notary Public and is then brought to the Department of Foreign Affairs (Passport Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2) to be "apostilled".
An apostille is a certificate verifying that the Notary’s signature and seal are genuine.
If the country is not a party to the Hague Convention, the document is signed and sealed by the Notary Public, is then brought to the Supreme Court Office, then to the Department of Foreign Affairs, then to the Embassy/Consulate for the country in question. O’Brien Redmond Solicitors provides these services to the public.
For further details on the function of a Notary Public in Ireland, see the website for the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland, or contact our office.
*please note that you will be required to bring your passport & proof of address (utility bill) when attending your appointment
Where can I find a notary near me?
Brian O’Brien is a Dublin Notary Public offering notarisation services for clients.
Do I need to book an appointment to get a document notarised?
Yes! It is recommended that you book an appointment before visiting our office. However, we do have some availability throughout the day for walk-in clients.
Do notaries make a document legal?
No. Notarising a document does not make it legal, it simply verifies the identity of the signatories.
What do I need to bring for my appointment?
You will be required to bring your passport & proof of address (recent utility bill) when attending your appointment.