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Notary Services in Singapore

Notary Services in Singapore

The Notaries Public Act in Singapore

The main legislation governing notaries and notary services in Singapore is the Notaries Public Act. The law was first enabled in 1959 and was revised and amended in 2007. The Notaries Public Act contains the following:

  • –          how notaries in Singapore are appointed,
  • –          what their purposes and roles are,
  • –          how a notary public can be revoked,
  • –          and how a notary public can be penalized in case of misconduct.

Public notaries in Singapore are also known as commissioners for oaths and are appointed by the Board of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public. Public notaries must profess as lawyers in Singapore before they are appointed.

Services provided by public notaries in Singapore

 Public notaries must act as impartial officers and can provide the following services to foreign and Singapore citizens:

  • –          to notarize documents by witnessing and certifying the execution of the document,
  • –          to attest the signatures and execution of documents, among which deeds, contracts, property transfers, powers of attorney,
  • –          to administer oaths or affirmation with respect to declarations,
  • –          to certify true copies of documents, such as Singapore marriage certificates.

Public notaries will also draft the Articles of Association of Singapore companies. All documents that must be certified or notarized by public notaries or commissioners for oaths are subject to certain fees. These fees are established by the Senate and the Chief Justice and vary based on the services provided. The Singapore public notary may request additional fees related to the services rendered.

Commissioners for oaths in Singapore

Any advocate or solicitor in Singapore may become a commissioner for oaths. They will be allowed to take declarations and affirmations from individuals. They can also receive statutory declarations in accordance with Chapter 322 in the Singapore Supreme Court of Judicature Act. Commissioners for oaths are employees of the governmental ministries, statutory boards and companies owned by the Government. They can also work for non-profit organizations in Singapore for which they are allowed to receive certain documents.

For more information about available notary services, please contact our law firm in Singapore.