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Do you require a document certified or authenticated? Do you need a Power of Attorney, Affidavit, Declaration or company document notarised? Documents signed and sealed by a Notary Public are internationally recognised and accepted.

If you would like advice or assistance on a Notary matter please ring +35316773434 or submit the quick Notary Public enquiry box on the left.

Thomas Barry is a Dublin Notary Public. As well as being a Public Notary he is also a Commissioner for Oaths, a Practising Solicitor and a Partner in Thomas Barry & Company, Solicitors. With over 30 years experience in the business and legal sector he was the first Irish Notary Public to be conferred with the Diploma in Notarial Law and Practice (Dip. Not. L) (F.N.P.I) of the Faculty of Notaries Public in Ireland. He was also one the first Irish lawyers to receive a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (ACI Arb.).

The offices of Thomas Barry Dublin Notary Public at 11 St Stephens Green is close to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Consular Section, and very convenient for obtaining an apostille.  Out of hours and out of office appointments can be arranged.

A Notary Public is a type of lawyer, similar to, but not the same as, a solicitor, barrister or commissioner for oaths. Each Notary Public is appointed by the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Ireland and assigned to a specific county.

The main benefit of notarisation is to give a document international recognition. You are likely to need a Public Notary for:

  • Foreign Property transactions such as granting a Power of Attorney, executing a deed or completing transfer documents.
  • Certifying and Authenticating documents (e.g. educational, professional and vocational qualifications, company documents, police certificates)
  • Swearing Affidavits
  • Making Declarations and Affirmations
  • Certificates of identity
  • Arranging to apostille documents with the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Notaries also receive and make “Protests” under Mercantile Law and take Ships “Protests”.

What do I need to see Thomas Barry Public Notary Dublin?

  • Ring +353 1 677 3434 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an appointment
  • It speeds the process if you can first email the document or documents you want notarised to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (ideally in Microsoft Word format).
  • Bring standard identification documents (usually your passport and a recent bank statement of utility bill with your name and address).


Notary Public FAQ’s

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public is appointed by the Chief Justice. He or she is usually concerned with verifying information and documents for use abroad. Documents signed and sealed by a Notary Public are internationally recognised and accepted. Notaries and solicitors are two separate and distinct professions. The cornerstone of the profession is the trust and reliance the beneficiary (the receiving party) can place on the notarial act. Formal procedures apply.

What is the First Step to have a Document Notarised?

Contact the Notary at 01 6773434 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make an appointment. It speeds the process if you can email the document or documents you want notarised (ideally in Microsoft Word format).

What do I Need to Bring With Me?

You need to bring the original document or documents you want notarised. You will need to provide evidence of your identity to the Notary Public. Notarising a document requires the same anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering formalities as apply on opening a new bank account. Usually the following are needed:


  • Date and place of birth together with PPS number
  • Address, telephone numbers and email address
  • Original current valid passport or driving licence which will be copied and returned. If neither is available, documentation issued by a government department containing the individual’s details or a written statement from a person in a position of responsibility (e.g. doctor, minister of religion, teacher, accountant, social worker) may suffice.
  • An original recent utility bill, bank or Building Society statement, Revenue Commissioners notice, Social Welfare document, house/motor insurance certificate etc which will be copied and returned.


The Notary is obliged to confirm the company is registered with the Companies Registration Office. The Notary can do this by an online search. Be sure to give the Notary the company’s full registered name.

Any person signing a document in front of the Notary needs to bring the identification documents set out above for an individual. The same documentation is required for each of the Directors or shadow Directors (if any) of the company.

The key difference between notarising for individuals and for companies is that a company must prove to the Notary it is empowered under its Memorandum and Articles of Association to complete the documentation. Generally a certificate from the Company Secretary is required. Thomas Barry, Notary Public can guide a company through the process.

What about the Document I want Notarised?

Fill in all the gaps in the documentation to the best of your ability beforehand. If you are unsure and need guidance, the Notary will help you if he can.

Do I Need to Understand the Document?

Yes. The Notary does not provide legal or other professional advice. The contents of the documents, their meaning and effect, and whether you are wise to sign them, are all your responsibility. The Notary is normally only concerned with the verification of your identity, your name, your address, your signature, and your ability in a general way to understand the document. If the document is technical (e.g. a Building Agreement or Power of Attorney) or is in a language you do not understand, have it explained beforehand to you by someone you trust and take any professional advice you need before going to the Notary.

Foreign language documents

If the document to be notarised is in a foreign language the onus is still on you to understand it and you may be well advised to have it translated by an official translator. The Notary will ask you to formally confirm in writing that you understand the nature and content of the document.

If I Cannot Come to the Office?

If you cannot attend at the Notary’s office, he can arrange to see you elsewhere.

What About Confidentiality?

The Notary will maintain the utmost secrecy with regard to your affairs and not disclose information about same except with your permission or as required by law.

What is an Apostille? What is Legalisation?

An Apostille is a certificate issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs verifying the genuineness of the signature and/or seal of a Notary Public on a public document. It is obtained by presenting the document at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Consular Section, at the Passport Office, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2 and paying the appropriate consular fee. The Apostille procedure only applies between countries that have signed and ratified or acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961. For those countries which have not done so a more complicated process, Legalisation, is required and there are there still are some jurisdictions which also require a seal from the appropriate embassy even though they have signed up to the Hague Convention.


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