DQ offers a full range of notarial services through experienced Isle of Man Notaries. We are able to provide an urgent/same day service or standard service within a time period of 48 hours.
Who is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public is licensed by the First Deemster under the provisions of the Advocates Act 1995.
The functions of a Notary Public are not defined by any statute and they do entail greater responsibility and skill than any short description could seek to convey.
Notaries are required for a number of reasons largely to authenticate and certify signatures and documents for use abroad. The process involves the Notary adding their personal stamp and seal to the document or a covering confirmatory certificate tailored to the particular circumstances.
We can provide the following services:
- Certify the authenticity of documents, whether as an original document or as a true copy of the original document.
- Certify the authenticity of signatures to a document.
- Administer oaths and take declarations (we are also able to advise on, and if necessary draft, affidavits or statutory declarations).
- Depending upon the circumstances, the document may be required to be apostilled. This is a certificate issued by the Isle of Man Court of Justice and appended to the document, confirming the signature of the Notary Public. If the matter is urgent, we do attend Court twice a day and can arrange for the Apostille to be issued on the urgent same day service or the standard service within 48 hours. The cost of the Apostille is in addition to the cost of the Notary as it is a Government fee.
- A Commissioner for Oaths admitted under the Commissioner for Oaths Act 1962 may also provide these services, save that the signature of the Commissioner for Oaths will not be apostilled.
What is required?
If you require the services of a Notary:
- We suggest you contact us by email to email@example.com or by telephone +44 1624 626999 to discuss your requirements.
- We will make an appointment for you to meet the Notary Public – either you can attend our offices, or we can make alternative arrangements to suit you.
- We would require you to confirm whether the document is to be apostilled and, if so, which service you require, namely same day service or standard service.
- You will need to provide personal documentation to prove your identity, usually a passport or driving licence and a copy of a recent (within 6 months) utility bill (not a mobile phone bill). These are required as the Isle of Man is a highly regulated and respected jurisdiction and there are compulsory checks which Notaries have to make.
- Should the client be a company or organisation, the Notary will (in addition to checking personal identity) need to establish that the company or organisation actually exists and, where necessary, that you are authorised to represent that company or organisation.
- We may request that you provide a copy of the document to be sworn or notarised in advance (email is sufficient) where possible together with copies of any other relevant documents the Notary may need to review.
Our Notaries and Commissioners for Oaths
If you require any further information, please contact us using the email address or telephone number stated above.
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