Nigeria, like many Countries of the world, requires documents to be notarized or for original documents to be certified by a Notary Public before those documents can be used abroad or in Nigeria if the documents are coming from other nations.

In Nigeria, Notaries are senior members of the Nigerian Bar Association who have been called to the Nigerian Bar for at least 7 years, prior to the day of appointment as Notary Public.

They are Legal Practitioners who are qualified to:

* Administers oaths for the giving of evidence.
* Do Certification of documents.
* Bills of Exchange. * Obtaining an Authentication from Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
* Notary Public prepare Notarial Certificates of Law & Good Standing.
* Engages in taking Affidavits, Declarations & Depositions.
* Helps with verification of Company documents.
* Verifies identity and/or signature.
* Witness execution of local and international documents such as Sale and Purchase Agreements, Transfers of Land, Assignments of Intellectual Property, Powers of Attorney, Deeds, Security Documentation, Mortgages, Company Resolutions, Minutes and Reports.

Pursuant to the Notary Public Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 A notarial certification or authentication is generally recognised as an international “certification of authenticity”.

The Hague Convention, gives international recognition to the office and seal of a Notary. From 1st October, 1936 when the Law No. 41 of 1936 of Nigeria and under the Law of No. 37 of 1936 of Laws of Nigeria, Notaries were appointed by Queen of England or her representative in the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria and registered and subscribed by the Clerk of the Crown in Chancery.

Following the introduction of the Notaries Public Act Law No. 107 of 1955, they are now appointed by the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Every Notary appointed in Nigeria is by law deemed as an Officer of the Supreme Court of Nigeria

The Underlisted is the requirements for Notary Public 3 copies of formal Application letter printed on the letter headed paper should be addressed to the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria Abuja.

Curriculum vitae (CV) should be duly signed. 23 copies for Lagos state and 15 copies for other states.

Photocopies of practicing fees receipt for 7 years preceding the date of application and each payment must have been made as at when due on or before 31st of March of each year. 3 photocopies of Call to Bar Certificate.

3 photocopies of Applicant’s Incorporation Certificate with the Corporate Affairs Commission For inquiries relating to operation of Supreme Court of Nigeria and other correspondences both local and international.

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