Australia in Switzerland
Bern and Geneva
Switzerland, Liechtenstein

Witnessing Signatures – Other Documents

Witnessing Signatures – Other Documents

Consular staff can witness signatures on Australian documents overseas. The Australian Consulate-General Geneva can only assist you if you are an Australian citizen or if the document is for use in Australia, not for use overseas. We do not witness signatures on overseas documents.

Be aware that you may not need DFAT to witness your signature. In many cases, you can find someone else locally to witness it for you. Ask the receiving authority in Australia who else can witness it for you. Ask local authorities who can witness for you or get legal advice. We cannot provide legal advice or any information on the service you require. You should request confirmation on documents required from the requesting authority.

For Consular staff to witness your signature please read the requesting authorities instructions carefully and verify who can be the witnessing officer. Important: Please note that some Australian states/territories require a Diplomatic Officer to witness documents, rather than a permanent consular employee - flexibility in scheduling these appointments is therefore required – it is your responsibility to determine who is an acceptable witness – check with the receiving authority).

DFAT Identity Certificate

Consular staff can complete the DFAT Identity Certificate - Witnessing signature and/or identity certificationWe will not sign any other 'Identifiers Certificates' or 'Verification of Identity Certificates'. Check the requirements with the requesting authority in Australia and ask them if you need a DFAT Identity Certificate before visiting the Australian Consulate. More information on the DFAT Identity certificate can be found at:  Notarial services overseas

Is an Appointment required?

An appointment to attend in person is required for witnessing signatures and identity verification on documents. 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 and to ensure we have the correct Consular staff present for your appointment.

What to bring to your appointment?

  • Your passport
  • Instructions from the requesting authority asking the Consulate to witness your documents/complete a DFAT identity certificate/certify documents (you will be asked to send these to us before your appointment).
  • Your documents for witnessing (Do not sign before the appointment).
  • Photo identification (documents, ID card) and other documents to be certified. You will need to have photo ID that matches the name on the document you are signing.

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