Australian Embassy
Russian Federation
Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

Notarial Services

Notarial Services Disclaimer

Please ensure that documents relating to the notarial services you require from the Australian Embassy in Moscow, are presented in the correct form and that you provide the correct instructions for the notarial service your require. If you are unsure of the legislative requirements relating to the notarial service you require, you should seek independent legal advice. Please note that neither the Australian Government nor the Australian Embassy in Moscow guarantees the legal effectiveness of the notarised document or the accuracy of its content.  Fees paid for notarial services are non-refundable.

Notarial Services Outside Moscow 

Australian Honorary Consuls  delivering consular assistance in St Petersburg and Almaty (Kazakhstan)  are NOT permitted to provide notarial services. Some notarial services can be provided by the Australian Embassy in Moscow remotely via courier/mail. For more information, please email consular.moscow@dfat.gov.au.  To make an appointment for a notarial service in Moscow, please click here

Notarial Services Available in Moscow

The Australian Embassy in Moscow is authorised to provide the following notarial services:

  • witnessing and taking of affidavits, oaths or affirmations
  • witnessing you signing Commonwealth statutory declarations and other Commonwealth forms (some state government forms and private sector forms are also allowed to be witnessed by DFAT staff)
  • witnessing applications forms for, and issuing of, Certificates of No Impediment to marriage (CNI)
  • witnessing Notices of Intended Marriage
  • legalisation of signatures and/or seals on Australian public documents (Apostilles and Authentications)
  • certifying true copies of documents (that are either Australian or intended for use in Australia) or photographs (needed to accompany Australian forms)

For more information , please click here.

Once you have identified the service you seek, please contact us to confirm the requirements and to obtain the most up to date fees.

To make an appointment for a notarial service, click here.

Land or Property Transactions

Each Australian state and territory has different rules in relation to land or property transactions.

To have a property transfer document witnessed overseas, you should have clear written instructions from your legal representative. This will guide the Embassy staff through the requirements for your specific transaction.

 If you require verification of identity for a property transaction, you must attend an interview with original identification documents, client authorisation or mortgage and certification, and the subscriber or mortgagee's written instructions.

Once all the correct documents are sighted and certified, we will provide you with a DFAT Identity Certificate confirming that we have witnessed and certified your documents in accordance with the instructions from your legal representative.

We recommend that you email copies of documents and forms for witnessing to consular.moscow@dfat.gov.au prior to your appointment to ensure that all the paperwork is in order.

To make an appointment for a notarial service, click here.

Getting Married Overseas

Foreign citizens, intending on getting married in Russia, sometimes require a certificate attesting they are single. For Australians, this can be in the form of a letter of no objection (see below) or a single-status certificate from the registration authorities of your state or territory of residence. This certificate (as with any other documents not in Russian) must be translated into Russian and notarised.

If you are overseas and unable to apply for a single-status certificate and the letter of no objection below is not accepted, you can apply for a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage (CNI) from the Australian Embassy in Moscow.

Once you have completed the application form and are ready to lodge it, please contact us to obtain the most up to date fee.

For more information, please click here.

To make an appointment to lodge your CNI application, click here.

For a list of other documents required by Russian authorities check with your local Russian marriage registry office (ZAGS).

Letters of No Objection

 If you were asked to provide an Embassy letter stating that the Australian Government does not object to you marrying a foreign national; permanently residing in a foreign country; obtaining the citizenship of a foreign country; or registering the name of a newborn child without a patronymic name, you can download our universal letter of no objection in English and Russian, free of charge.  This letter applies to all Australian citizens residing in or travelling through Russia or our countries of accreditation.

Australian citizens do not require the approval of the Australian Government for any of the above activities, if performed in accordance with Australian and local laws and regulations.

For those intending on getting married overseas and where a letter of no objection is refused, a Certificate of No Impediment to Marriage should be applied for (attracts a fee - see above for additional information on how to apply).

Australian Government Hub

For information on other Australian government information or services, please check the Australian Government Hub at www.australia.gov.au