Australian Embassy
Norway, Iceland

Consular and notarial services

Consular and Notarial services


Notarial Services during COVID-19
Some notarials require you to appear in person, such as swearing an oath, witnessing a signature or endorsing a photo as a 'true likeness'.

If travel restrictions prevent you from travelling to Denmark, please advise the requesting office of this. If the notarial can only be provided by an Australian Consular or Diplomatic Officer, then the notarial will have to be postponed until a personal interview is possible.

The Embassy can always provide notarial services that do not require a personal interview, such as affixing an Apostille or certifying copies.
Please check out the information about providing notarial services by mail.


Consular assistance

The Australian Embassy provides consular assistance for Australians in Denmark, Norway and Iceland under the Vienna Convention of Consular Relations. The type of assistance the Embassy's consular staff can provide is outlined in the Consular Service Charter and we adhere to DFAT's Privacy policy outlined on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

If you require consular assistance, you can contact us via email or by telephone: +45 3529 0109 or +45 70 26 36 76.
When contacting us outside our opening hours, your call will be redirected to our 24/7 Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra.

Emergency contact details:
24-hour emergency assistance for Australian citizens is available from the Consular Emergency Centre in Canberra: +61 2 6261 3305 or 1300 555135 (within Australia). 

Since July 2015, the Canadian Embassy in Reykjavik is able to provide consular assistance to Australians in Iceland in accordance with Australia’s consular sharing agreement with Canada. The Canadian Embassy does not provide passport services for Australians.

Notarial Services

Booking an appointment

If your notarial service requires you to attend an interview, you can book an appointment using our online booking system.
We provide in person notarial services on Tuesday afternoons between 13.00 - 15.00 and Thursday mornings between 10.00 - 12.00.

Fees are listed on our website:
For payment, we now accept MobilePay on 88968 or Visa credit card, Dankort and Mastercard credit card or make a bank transfer no later than 3 banking days prior to the appointment. To save on transactions costs, you could use a service like Transferwise.

Book an appointment with Australian Embassy Copenhagen using SetMore

If you are unable to use the booking system, or if you require an urgent passport appointment, you can contact the Embassy directly.
The full range of notarial services provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade are listed here:

Providing notarial services by mail

If the notarial service does not require you to appear in person (e.g. certified copies, apostille, authentications), you can send the original documents to the Embassy by registered mail or courier. We recommend you use some form of trackable delivery service.

Please include a cover letter, where you write your residential address and what service you need done. We will return your original documents to you along with notarised ones.

Postal address:
Australian Embassy
Dampfaergevej 26
DK-2100 Copenhagen OE
att: Consular

You must transfer the corresponding notarial fees to our Embassy account, including return postage costs. 
Make sure you write a message in the transfer box, so we are able to identify your payment.
Overview of bank details, notarial and postage fees.


Affidavits (Affirmations or Oaths)

At the Embassy, only a diplomatic officer can assist with the affidavit. It must be done in person, so you must book an appointment.
Diplomatic officers are only available on Tuesday afternoons.

An affidavit is a written statement that allows the person making it (the 'deponent') to present evidence in court or other legal proceedings. The person making the affidavit must take an oath (religious), or make an affirmation (non-religious), that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. Generally, it is an offence to swear or affirm to false information. The consular officer's role is to witness the affidavit and administer the oath/affirmation. The precise form of an affidavit is dictated by the Commonwealth, state or territory legislation under which the affidavit is made or the proceedings in which the evidence contained in it is to be relied on.

An affidavit that has not been drawn up correctly may not be effective. It is your responsibility to provide the document in the correct form and any additional witnessing/administering instructions.

We take no responsibility for the correctness of the form of an affidavit. If you are unclear about the form that the document should take, please seek professional legal advice.


The Australian Embassy in Denmark can issue an Apostille on Australian Government documents to be accepted in a country which is a signatory to the Apostille Convention (1961 Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents).
Documents being sent to countries not signatories to the convention may be issued with an Authentication.
List of members and non-members of the Apostille Convention.

The standard certificate or report must hold a verifiable signature/seal. Feel free to email us the document in question in advance so we can verify whether we can assist. Such documents can be submitted by mail.

Documents which cannot be issued with an Apostille:

 - Photocopies of original Australian Government documents cannot be authenticated or apostilled unless they have been notarised as a ‘true copy’ by an Australian Public Notary within Australia.
 - Laminated or damaged documents cannot be accepted for authentication or apostille. You must obtain a replacement from the issuing authority.
 - Commemorative certificates are not government documents.

Apostilles on foreign issued documents


Certified copies

Certifying copies of original documents is one of the most regular notarial services provided. In order for us certify the documents you require, please read the application form/instructions carefully to learn who can act as the certifying officer.

  • Consular officer (authorised under the Consular Fees Act 1955) 
  • Australian Diplomatic officer (authorised under the Oaths Act 1900) - Oaths and Affidavits can only be done by Diplomatic officers.

You may submit documents to be certified by mail.
You can also come to the Embassy in person. You will need to book an appointment.

Education documents

If you require your Australian education documents verified with an Apostille or via Authentication, detailed information can be found on DFAT's Smartraveller website, describing what documents can be legalised.

There are different requirements in place depending on which education document you need legalised, so please read the website carefully.


The Australian Attorney-General's department provides information and relevant application forms for getting married - both in Australia and overseas:

There are two types of documents which may be relevant when getting married - and you have to ask your marriage celebrant and the local municipality office which one is required.

Single Status certificate (or No Record of Marriage)

This certificate is issued by the Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (RBDM) in the applicant's home state in Australia and is only available to Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. The certificate will provide evidence that you are single. There is a fee involved, but you can apply online. Please note that if you have lived in several countries, you may be requested to provide single status certificates from more countries.

Links to Registries of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Australia

Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI)

To apply for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage, you may apply by email or in person at the Embassy. We require a completed application form along with ID of both parties' current names. If ID documents are submitted electronically, they must be certified by a person, who is also eligible to witness the application itself.

Local authorities will only certify locally issued documents so we accept locally Residency Permit cards or locally issued Driver Licences as evidence of ID.

Please note that the certificate does not state whether a person is single, but only that - provided the statement on the application is truthful - that there are no laws prohibiting an Australian national marrying in the country where you want to marry. We conduct no verifying checks in relation to issuing the certificate and this is clearly stated on the certificate as well.

Application: Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage
Fees and bank details

Both parties to the marriage must fill in their details and the person lodging the application must have their signature witnessed by an authorised witness in Australia or a consular officer at an Australian Embassy.

If either person has been married previously, original divorce or death certificates must be submitted before a certificate will be issued.
The application and supporting documents can be submitted by email (PDF format only) to: [email protected]

Notice of intended Marriage

If you are getting married in Australia, you may be required to submit a Notice of Intended Marriage form to the marriage celebrant.
A consular officer can witness your signatures on the form, but you must book an appointment.
Find your Australian Marriage Celebrant
Notice of Intended marriage form

Selling or buying property in Australia

When engaging in a property transaction in Australia, there are some elements, which you must be aware of and they are outlined in detail on the Smartraveller website:

Consular staff at the Embassy can assist you.  At the time of the interview, you must provide the instructions from your legal representative in Australia - in addition to the original documents you need witnessed or certified.
Your conveyancer can email us those instructions directly, or you can print out the instructions and bring them with you if you have already received them.

You must book an appointment.

Witnessing signatures

In order for Embassy officer to witness your signature please read the forms carefully and verify who can be witnessing officer. Embassy Consular or Diplomatic officers are authorised under the Oaths Act 1900, Consular Fees Act 1955 or Statutory Declarations Act of 1959.

If these professions are not listed as authorised officers to witness your signature, you may want to contact the office, which will be receiving your documents and confirm that you are overseas and do not have access to the same range of authorised officers as in Australia.

To have your signature witnessed, you must book an appointment.

Notary publics

In Denmark:  (in Danish)
In Norway:
In Iceland:
In Sweden: 

Translation services



Please ensure that documents relating to notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for witnessing any signatures on the documents. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to witnessing signatures on a particular document, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note, by witnessing a signature on a document, neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark guarantees the legal effectiveness of the document or the accuracy of its contents. Notarial fees are non-refundable.


Fees apply for all notarial and legal services. Fees for notarial and legal services are set under Australian legislation. Fees are reviewed monthly and may be adjusted due to variations in exchange rate to the Australian dollar. Please see our current fees and payment information.

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Updated/reviewed  28 May 2020