Notarial Services and Fees

Many New Zealand organisations will accept documents witnessed or certified by any person with the authority to certify documents in foreign countries. This includes Maltese lawyers, solicitors, public notaries or court registrars. Please always check with the New Zealand organisation if such Maltese authorities are acceptable for your purpose in New Zealand.

 

The Courts of Justice in Valletta provide such a service for a fee, located in Santa Lucia Street - click here for map (open Monday-Friday, 08:00-12:00; no appointment is required).

 

For a list of public notaries in Malta, please click here.

The New Zealand Honorary Consul can provide some notarial services under New Zealand law when the documents are either New Zealand in origin, or for use in - or requested by - New Zealand organisations.  

 

Services include, but are not limited to, witnessing signatures, certifying true copies of original documents, affidavits, affirmations, and statutory declarations. The witnessing must take place at the New Zealand Consulate. Please call or email the Honorary Consul to enquire about this service and to arrange an appointment - see contact details below.

Fees must be paid in cash at your appointment at the Consulate and you will be issued a receipt (see list of current fees below). You must bring your passport or suitable government issued photographic identification.

Please note the following:

  • The New Zealand Honorary Consul cannot certify photocopies.  He will make the copies.

  • The Honorary Consul only certifies foreign passports in limited circumstances.

  • Your passport or photo driver licence or other current government issued photographic identity document must be produced as ID and confirmation of your signature for all witnessing.

  • It is your responsibility to accurately present the documents and you must be clear on their particular requirements. The Honorary Consul cannot give guidance or show you what is required. 

  • It is your responsibility to ensure that the receiving organisation will accept documents witnessed or certified by the Honorary Consul. His authority is as 'Commonwealth Representatives' under section 10 of the (New Zealand) Oaths and Declarations Act 1957.

  • The Honorary Consul reserves the right to not sign any document the client does not fully understand, or copy any document which is outside the scope of our notarial services.

  • The Honorary Consul does not provide legal services or advice on legal  documents. For this you should seek the advice of a lawyer - click here for a list of Maltese lawyers. The Honorary Consul is not a Public Notary.

  • For legal services for foreign documents, including foreign passports, please contact the diplomatic or consular mission of that country in Malta, or a Maltese notary.

New Zealand Consulate Notarial Fees:

  • Certifying a true copy of a document = €30

  • Preparing a consular letter = €60

  • Taking an affidavit, affirmation or declaration (document prepared by a solicitor or applicant) = €60

  • Witnessing signatures on documents = €60

  • Verifying Maltese Ministry of Foreign & European Affairs signature/seal on foreign documents for use in NZ = €90

[updated November 2021]