Notarization and legalization

What is notarization and legalization?

Notarization and legalization are forms of legal certification which certify that a document or a signature is authentic or a true copy.

Before a document is being notarized, it is the responsibility of the Notary Public to ensure that the signer(s) have appeared before them and have produced proper identification for verification.

Legalization is the process by which the signature and seal of the notary are authenticated by the Singapore Academy of Law or Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Embassy. Depending on requirements of the respective countries where the document is to be used, some countries need certificate from all the above.