Applying to Become a Public Notary
Applicants intending to become a Public Notary must complete the following steps:
Step 1 Complete Form 2-15A – Application for Certificate of Eligibility (pdf 19 KB), which includes an Affidavit of Verification, annexing:
1. Certificate of Fitness from the Law Institute of Victoria
2. Certificate of completion of approved Public Notaries course.
Step 2 Pay the Application Fee at the Prothonotary’s Office of the Supreme Court, 2nd Floor, 436 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne The office is open from 9.30am to 4pm.
Step 3 File the affidavit at the office of the Board of Examiners. Applications should be filed by the applicant in person, unless permission is granted by the Board to file by agent or by mail.
Step 4 Complete Form 2-15D - Notice of Application (pdf 12 KB) for Appointment.
Pursuant to 15A.05 of the Rules, not less than 14 days before the day named in the Originating Motion for the hearing of the application under s.6 (1), the applicant shall:
1. lodge with the Board of Examiners a Notice of Intention to apply, in the Form 2-15AD
2. pin a copy of the Notice on the Supreme Court Noticeboard, Ground Floor, 450 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Once the application has been processed, the Certificate of Eligibility will be signed by two Members of the Board of Examiners and the original will be sent by the Prothonotary’s office to the applicant by registered mail.
Step 5 Complete Form 2-15C - Affidavit in Support of Application for Appointment (pdf 14 KB).
Once the applicant receives their Certificate of Eligibility, they must file the following with the Prothonotary's office:
1. an Originating Motion in the Form 5D of Chapter I of the Supreme Court Rules
2. an Affidavit in the Form 2-15 C
3. the Certificate of Eligibility
The Certificate of Eligibility must be filed within 30 days after the date of issue of the Certificate. Applicants are also required to pay the filing fee on Originating Motion and the fee for Authentication of Order to the Prothonotary’s office.
If, under the provisions of the Public Notaries Act 2001, your application is postponed, refused or your attendance is required before the Board, the Registrar or the Prothonotary will communicate with you.
Step 6 Form 2-15 E – Oath of Office (pdf 11 KB).
Once all the requirements are met, processed and approved, the applicant will be notified by the Prothonotary’s Office. The applicant will then appear on the date of appointment to take an oath of office and sign the Roll of Public Notaries. The ceremony is presided over by the Chief Justice of Victoria.
Step 7 Complete Form 2-15F - Notification After Appointment (pdf 13 KB).
Within one month after appointment, a Public Notary must file notification of particulars and specimen seal in the Form 2-15 F to:
1. the Prothonotary’s Office
2. the Legal Services Board.
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