What are Hong Kong Notaries Public?

1.  Notaries public are generally senior solicitors, most of whom have 15 to 20 years of experience as solicitor. The usual daily work of a notary public is to prepare and verify documents for overseas use. Notaries public have to be recorded on the Register of Notaries Public at the High Court of Hong Kong. Notaries public are recognized worldwide.

2.  Notaries public are currently appointed by the Chief Judge of the High Court of Hong Kong under the Legal Practitioners Ordinance (Cap. 159) of the Laws of Hong Kong). The work of a notary public covers the preparation, execution and authentication of legal documents for use abroad. Documents prepared, executed and certified by notaries public are recognized worldwide.

Primary work of a notary public

3. The daily work of a notary public primarily involves the preparation, execution and authentication of legal documents originating in Hong Kong for use abroad, with the exception of documents originating in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region for use in Mainland China, which requires China-Appointed Attesting Officers to witness and endorse.


Generally speaking, the services provided by notaries public include (but are not limited to): preparing authorization documents for overseas use and witnessing the signing of authorization documents, verifying the identification documents of witnesses, witnessing documents for sale and purchase of overseas land or property, authenticating documents for the setting-up of overseas companies, the signing of shareholders’ agreements and share transfer documents, authenticating personal documents and data for immigration, marriage, adoption, inheritance, etc., authenticating corporate, commercial and business documents, preparing maritime reports and authenticating transactions, documents or incidents as well as maintaining notarial archives and so on.

Apostille Service provided by the High Court of Hong Kong

4.  Some of the documents signed and stamped by Hong Kong notaries public must be apostilled by the High Court of Hong Kong. The documents that need to be apostilled in the High Court are used in the countries or regions that are members of the Hague Apostille Convention of 1961.

Consular Legalization

5.  Documents used in non-Hague member states or regions are signed and sealed by notaries public and they shall generally be authenticated by the diplomatic representative of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the country concerned, who have to verify the identity, signature and the seal of the notary public before the documents can be used in that country or region.

Our notarized clients, and our notarized documents have been used in:

The world's leading brands, airlines worldwide, multinational banks, multinational shipping companies and listed companies; professional clients include accountants, lawyers, company secretaries, doctors and private bankers; personal clients include HNWI, immigration applicants and students applying for studying abroad.

United States, United Kingdom, Russia, Canada, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Dubai, Qatar, British Virgin Islands, Taiwan, Macau and other regions.

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