An affidavit is a written statement setting out a person's evidence, that is, information that tends to prove or disprove a fact to present evidence in court or other legal proceedings. The person making the affidavit must take an oath (a sworn commitment based on religious belief) or make an affirmation (a secular sworn commitment) that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. It is generally an offence to swear to or affirm false information.
A specific consular officer is required to administer the oath or affirmation on an Australian affidavit.
- Your lawyer must provide clear instructions as to what they need in and on the affidavit. We can't provide legal information or advice.
- Before you bring an affidavit to us, contact your lawyer. Get their advice and specific instructions.
- If an affidavit contains attachments or is multiple pages, we will bind the pages together. Some receiving authorities don't accept bound documents. Ask the receiving document if they'll accept it.
More information on Affidavits can be found at Family Court of Australia and Notarial services overseas | Smartraveller
Is an Appointment required?
An appointment to attend in person is required for an affidavit. Please see our notarial appointment page. You will be asked to provide a scanned copy of your documents and the instructions from the requesting/receiving authority to allow us to prepare for your appointment. A Diplomatic Officer is required for all affidavits, so flexibility with appointment times is required.
What to bring to your appointment?
- Your passport.
- Your original documents.
- Your credit/debit card for payment Fees - Passport and Notarial Services