Authentication Services

 

§  What are your operating hours?

 

Mondays - Fridays

9:00am to 4:30pm

Eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year

9:00am to 12:30pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays

Closed

 

§  Do I need to make an appointment before coming to SAL for authentication services?

Yes, you will be required to make an appointment at https://legalisation.sal.sg.

 

§  What are the documents that I need to submit to Singapore Academy of Law for authentication?

For authentication of the signature of a Notary Public, we will require only the Notarial Certificate issued by the Notary Public and the documents attached to this certificate. Documents not accompanied by a Notarial Certificate will not be accepted.

 

§  Why is there a need for Notarisation and Authentication?

 

The notarisation of a document by the notary public is but one step in the whole chain of authentication towards legalisation of documents for use abroad. Authentication of the signature of the notary public by SAL is also part of the legalisation process. At SAL, an officer appointed by the Senate will verify the authority (stamp of appointment) and signature of the Singapore notary public as stated in Notaries Public Rules and ensure that the notarised document is in compliance with the Notaries Public Rules. Apart from the authentication by SAL, the documents may have to be sent to the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and/or the Embassy of the foreign country for further verification and legalisation. There are no set rules governing the requirements of different countries where the documents are to be used. You can find out individual requirements from the Embassies when the documents are sent there for legalisation.

 

§   Is Authentication required even if the receiving authority has not requested for an Authentication Certificate?

With effect from 1 Oct 2019, all documents that require notarisation by a Notary Public in Singapore will have to be authenticated by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL).

 

§   Why is Authentication mandatory?

 

Mandating authentication will ensure that all notarised documents originate from properly appointed notaries and are in compliance with the Notaries Public Rules.  It will also bring about greater certainty and standardisation of the legalisation process.

 

§  What is the processing time for the authentication of the signature of a Notary Public?

The processing time will depend on the number of documents being submitted for Authentication.  The documents will be processed on-the-spot, over the counter.

 

§  What is the fee for authenticating the signature of a Notary Public?

 When you request for your document to be notarised, please make the following payments upfront at the Notary Public’s office to enable the transaction to proceed:

 

(1) Notarisation Fee to the Notary Public; and

(2) Authentication Fee of $85.60 (incl of GST) to the Singapore Academy of Law.

 

Your Notary Public will ONLY be able to issue the Notarial Certificate upon payment of SAL’s Authentication Fee of $85.60 (incl of GST) at the Notary Public’s office. A Notarisation Fee will continue to be payable to the Notary Public for the notarisation of the documents. Once the Notarisation is complete, please proceed to the SAL Counter and present the notarised document for SAL’s authentication. The SAL Counter is located at The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, #08-06, Singapore 179803.

 

§  Do I need to submit the documents for authentication in person?

No. A representative may submit the document for authentication on your behalf.

 

§   Can I leave my documents with SAL to be processed and collect them at a later time or date?

No. The documents will be processed on-the-spot, over the counter and will be handed back to you immediately after processing.

 

§   How can I verify the authenticity of the notarised and authenticated documents?

Any recipient of the system-generated notarised document will be able to search and verify the authenticity of the notarised and authenticated documents via a search register at https://legalisation.sal.sg.

 

 

Notarisation of Documents

 

§  Does Singapore Academy of Law provide the services of a Notary Public?

Singapore Academy of Law is the statutory body that appoints Notaries Public and Commissioners for Oaths who practise in Singapore. Singapore Academy of Law provides authentication services for the signatures of Notaries Public and does not provide notarial services. You are required to contact a Notary Public directly if you would like your documents notarised. Click here for a list of Notaries Public in Singapore.

 

§  What are the documents needed for notarisation?

Please check with a Notary Public directly. Click here for a list of Notaries Public.

 

§  What should be stated on a Notarial Certificate?

Please check with a Notary Public directly. Click here for a list of Notaries Public.

 

§  What are the fees charged by a Notary Public?

The information on fees charged by a Notary Public can be found in the fees schedule in the Notaries Public rules. Alternatively, please check with a Notary Public directly. Click here for a list of Notaries Public.

 

 

Commissioning of Documents

 

§  Does Singapore Academy of Law provide the services of a Commissioner for Oaths?

Singapore Academy of Law is the statutory body that appoints Notaries Public and Commissioners for Oaths who practise in Singapore. Singapore Academy of Law provides authentication services for the signatures of Notaries Public and does not provide commissioning services. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths in Singapore.

 

 

§  What are the documents needed for commissioning?

Please check with a Commissioner for Oaths directly. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths.

 

§  What are the fees charged by a Commissioner for Oaths?

The information on fees charged by a Commissioner for Oaths can be found in the fees schedule in the Commissioners for Oaths rules. Alternatively, please check with 
a Commissioner for Oaths directly. 
Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths.

 

 

Others

 

§  What is the procedure for making a statutory declaration?

Please contact a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public on the procedure for making a statutory declaration. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.

 

§  How can I request for a Certificate of Clearance (COC)?

You may  refer to https://eservices.police.gov.sg/content/policehubhome/homepage/certificate-of-clearance-hub.html for information on the issuance of Certificate of Clearance (COC).

 

Alternatively, you may contact the Criminal Records Office at:

 

Tel : +65 6435 8277 (between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Singapore time (GMT+8), from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Public Holidays)

 

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An alternative for non Singapore Citizens (Singapore Permanent Residents & Foreign Nationals) would be for the applicant to make a Statutory Declaration in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public. Please contact a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public on the procedure for making a Statutory Declaration. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.

 

For documents to be used abroad, please ascertain with the person/authority that requires the documents (the end-user), on whether the Statutory Declaration is to be made in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public, and whether a Statutory Declaration will be accepted in place of Certificate of Clearance.

If you are not currently in Singapore, we would suggest that you check with a Commissioner for Oaths or a lawyer in the country that you are currently residing in, on the procedure for making a Statutory Declaration there.