HOW TO NOTARIZE A DOCUMENT IN NIGERIA
Only a Notary, if not a Notary Public can notarise a document in Nigeria.
Thus; who is a notary Public?
A Notary Public is a public official, usually a lawyer who has been authorized by the Federal Government of Nigeria to notarize documents, with other legal abilities contained therein. While a notarized document is one that has been verified by a notary public.
It's an unwaveable requirement that a person seeking to notarize a document to submit the relevant document to a Notary Public.
Appointment of a notary public is a legal function of the Chief Justice of Nigeria. Please see Section 2(1) of the Notary Public Act.
THE FACT IS THAT:
*All documents must be notarized by a Notary public.
*Authenticated at Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
*Legalized at the foreign country’s embassy.
There is no fixed cost for notarization of any document. A notary public can charge you reasonably in consideration of the number of documents you want him to notarize. No fixed price!
However, a notarized document is evidence that can be used also to proof to a competent court that a document is legitimate and not a fake. A document that has passed the validity test of legal notoriety can be recognized internationally, but must be authenticated by the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE NOTARIZED
Commercial Transaction Documents
Single Status Certificate
Declaration of Assets
Police Character Certificate
Birth Certificate or Attestation of Birth Certificate
Divorce Judgement and Certificates
Authorization letters and many others.
PROCEDURE FOR DOCUMENT NOTARISATION IN NIGERIA
1. Submit the document to a Notary Public
2. The Notary Public seals and or stamps the document.
3. Once the Notary Public seals or stamps the document, the document is said to have been notarized.
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