New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom
London Notarial Services
The New Zealand High Commission in London can witness signatures on documents; take an affidavit, affirmation, or statutory declaration; and certify as a 'true copy' some official documents for use under New Zealand law.
This service is available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY each Tuesday and Thursday from 11am - 12 noon at the New Zealand High Commission.
Phone 020 7930 8422 and hold to speak to the Receptionist.
All witnessing of documents must take place at the New Zealand High Commission, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ.
However, certified copies of original documents may be processed by post under certain circumstances. Please contact our office to discuss this.
Please note the following:
- The High Commission reserves the right to not sign any document the client does not fully understand.
- The New Zealand High Commission does not provide legal services or advice on legal documents. For this you should seek a lawyer, a list of which can be provided on request.
- We cannot certify photocopies - originals must be presented.
- Documents must be accurately presented, and the client must be clear on their particular requirements.
- It is the responsibility of the client to ensure that the receiving organisation will accept documents witnessed or certified by the High Commission.
- For legal services for foreign documents, please contact a United Kingdom Notary or the Embassy/High Commission of that country.
Those requiring notarial services outside the hours specified should contact a United Kingdom Notary or John McLinden of the New Zealand Lawyers' Society to arrange for a New Zealand solicitor to carry out the service. John McLinden can be reached on +44 (0)20 7405 6114.
The costs of these services was reviewed in 2013 and the following price list is still current as of November 2014:
To certify a true copy of a document (i.e. a birth certificate or passport)
Cost: £15.00 for the first copy / £10.00 for each additional copy of the same document.
To have your document witnessed, to swear an affidavit, affirmation or to make a statutory declaration (i.e. wills, power of attorney, land transfer deeds)
Cost: £30.00 for the first document / £10.00 for each additional document
- Please note: Bring your passport or photo drivers licence with you as ID and confirmation of your signature.
Fees are payable by cash or verified cheque only. There are no credit or debit card facilities available.
Please note: Form BDM58 – Notice of Intended Marriage (Resident outside NZ) can be signed by the staff in the London Passports Office for no charge. In Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland, the New Zealand Honorary Consuls can sign this document.
Authenticating documents for use overseas
Before certain New Zealand documents can be used overseas, Document Authentication or Apostille Certification may be necessary.
This is usually required where overseas officials are not able to determine on sight the authenticity of New Zealand documents. To check the requirements, contact the relevant authorities in the country concerned, or their overseas representatives.
The authentication process varies depending on the document type and country requirements and can only be done in Wellington by the Authentications Unit of the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). An e-apostile is also available.
Information about authenticating documents is available on this website Department of Internal Affairs
If your document needs to be legalised by the British authorities for use in the United Kingdom, then after authentication by the Department of Internal Affairs in NZ in London you can take it to the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for legalisation.