FAQ

What are your operating hours?

Mondays - Fridays

9:00am to 4:30pm

Eves of Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year

9:00am to 12:30pm

Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays

Closed

Do I need to make an appointment before coming to SAL for authentication services?
Yes, you will be required to make an appointment at https://legalisation.sal.sg/.
What are the documents that I need to submit to Singapore Academy of Law for authentication?
For authentication of the signature of a Notary Public, we will require only the Notarial Certificate issued by the Notary Public and the documents attached to this certificate. Documents not accompanied by a Notarial Certificate will not be accepted.
Why is there a need for Notarisation and Authentication?
The notarisation of a document by the notary public is but one step in the whole chain of authentication towards legalisation of documents for use abroad. Authentication of the signature of the notary public by SAL is also part of the legalisation process. At SAL, an officer appointed by the Senate will verify the authority (stamp of appointment) and signature of the Singapore notary public as stated in Notaries Public Rules and ensure that the notarised document is in compliance with the Notaries Public Rules. Apart from the Authentication and Legalisation by SAL (from 20 January 2021), the documents may have to be sent to the Embassy of the foreign country for further verification. There are no set rules governing the requirements of different countries where the documents are to be used. You can find out individual requirements from the Embassies when the documents are sent there for legalisation.
Is Authentication required even if the receiving authority has not requested for an Authentication Certificate?
With effect from 1 Oct 2019, all documents that require notarisation by a Notary Public in Singapore will have to be authenticated by the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL).
Why is Authentication mandatory?
Mandating authentication will ensure that all notarised documents originate from properly appointed notaries and are in compliance with the Notaries Public Rules. It will also bring about greater certainty and standardisation of the legalisation process.
What is the processing time for the authentication of the signature of a Notary Public?
The processing time will depend on the number of documents being submitted for Authentication. The documents will be processed on-the-spot, over the counter.
What is the fee for authenticating the signature of a Notary Public?
When you request for your document to be notarised, please make the following payments upfront at the Notary Public’s office to enable the transaction to proceed:
  • Notarisation Fee to the Notary Public; and
  • Authentication Fee of $85.60 (incl of GST) to the Singapore Academy of Law.
Your Notary Public will ONLY be able to issue the Notarial Certificate upon payment of SAL’s Authentication Fee of $85.60 (incl of GST) at the Notary Public’s office. A Notarisation Fee will continue to be payable to the Notary Public for the notarisation of the documents. Once the Notarisation is complete, please proceed to the SAL Counter and present the notarised document for SAL’s authentication. The SAL Counter is located at The Adelphi, 1 Coleman Street, #08-06, Singapore 179803.
Do I need to submit the documents for authentication in person?
No. A representative may submit the document for authentication on your behalf.
Can I leave my documents with SAL to be processed and collect them at a later time or date?
No. The documents will be processed on-the-spot, over the counter and will be handed back to you immediately after processing.
How can I verify the authenticity of the notarised and authenticated documents?
Any recipient of the system-generated notarised document will be able to search and verify the authenticity of the notarised and authenticated documents via a search register at https://legalisation.sal.sg/.
When does SAL take over the Legalisation function from MFA?
From 20 January 2021, the legalisation function of outgoing public documents issued in Singapore and intended for use in States with legalisation requirements will be transferred from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) to the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL).
Where can I legalise my documents?
SAL is located at 1 Coleman Street, #08-06 The Adelphi, Singapore 179803.

Counter opening hours are from 9:00am to 4:30pm. The counter will be closed on weekends and public holidays.

You are not required to be personally present at SAL to legalise your documents. You may appoint a proxy to complete the legalisation on your behalf. No authorisation letter is required

Can I appoint a proxy to carry out the Legalisation on my behalf?
Yes, you may appoint a proxy to complete the Legalisation on your behalf. No authorisation letter is required.
I am currently overseas and need to legalise a public document. Who can I contact if I encounter any issues with my legalised public document overseas?
For legalisation of documents overseas, you may contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission.

If you encounter any issues with your legalised public document overseas, you may contact the nearest Singapore Overseas Mission. Alternatively, you may contact SAL at our hotline 65 6332 4388 or email [email protected]

How much does it cost?
A Legalisation Fee of S$10.70 (including GST) is chargeable for each document legalised. Payment by Visa or MasterCard will have to be made online at https://legalisation.sal.sg/.


For requests for legalisation of Certified True Copies, a photocopying fee of $1.00 is payable for every Certified True Copy legalised (regardless of the number of pages). This is a flat fee. Please present original documents at the SAL counter for photocopies to be made by SAL counter staff.


Legalisation fees will be WAIVED for all notarised documents. Please inform your Notary Public that you require your documents to be legalised after notarisation.

How do I legalise a government document?
Certified True Copy
Please submit the original documents (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, etc.) at the SAL counter for photocopies to be made by SAL counter staff. A photocopying fee of $1.07 is payable for every Certified True Copy document legalised (regardless of the number of pages).

Certified True Document
We will directly legalise original documents issued by the Singapore Government (e.g. Marriage Certificate, Birth Certificate, etc.). We will only be able to legalise computer-generated documents after they have been certified by the issuing department.
Note:
To Certify True Document, we cannot affix our legalisation stamp on laminated documents. If you need to legalise an original document that has been laminated, please request the issuing agency to
  • issue a certified true copy for legalisation (SAL will then legalise the document by Certifying True Signature); or
  • issue an extract of the original document for legalisation (SAL will then legalise the document by Certifying True Document);.

Certified True Signature
We will be able to Certify True Signature on a document if SAL has a record of the specimen of the agency officer’s signature.
Note:
We may be unable to Certify True Signature on a document if SAL does not have a record of the specimen of the agency officer’s signature. In such circumstances, a Certified True Copy or a Certified True Document will be provided by the SAL officer in place of a Certified True Signature.

How do I legalise a non-government document?
We can only legalise non-government documents after they have been referred to a Notary Public (any law firm offering notarial services) for notarisation and then to SAL for certification. You may refer to https://legalisation.sal.sg/ for more information.
How do I legalise commercial documents?
We can legalise commercial documents such as Invoices, Bills of Sales, Certificates of Origin, Fumigation certificates, etc. after they have been certified or seen by any of the four Chambers of Commerce (International, Chinese, Indian or Malay) or the Singapore Manufacturers' Association.
What type of educational certificates are considered to be government documents and will be legalised by SAL?
We can legalise educational certificates and letters issued by mainstream primary or secondary schools and Junior Colleges (JCs) if they are printed on Ministry of Education’s (MOE) letterhead. Certificates or letters which are not printed on MOE letterhead will require the certification or stamp of MOE before we are able to legalise the document.


Certificates from the following local universities/institutions may be directly legalised by SAL:

  • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
  • National University of Singapore (NUS)
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT)
  • Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)
  • Polytechnics
  • Institute of Technical Education (ITE)

Certificates issue by SIM University (UniSIM) would require certification from SUSS before we are able to legalise the document.


Pre-school certificates would require certification from the Early Childhood Development (ECDA) before we are able to legalise the document.

I have a public document that was legalised by MFA. Can this still be used?
Yes, all documents legalised by MFA up to 19 January 2021 can still be used.
Will I still need to go to MFA after SAL legalises my public document?
From 20 January 2021, the legalisation function of outgoing public documents issued in Singapore and intended for use in States with legalisation requirements will be transferred from MFA to SAL. You no longer need to go to MFA for further legalisation of your public document.
Will public documents legalised by SAL be accepted overseas?
From 20 January 2021, SAL will be the sole agency authorised to legalise Singapore public documents for use overseas. You should be able to use your SAL-legalised public documents overseas.
Does Singapore Academy of Law provide the services of a Notary Public?
Singapore Academy of Law is the statutory body that appoints Notaries Public and Commissioners for Oaths who practise in Singapore. Singapore Academy of Law provides authentication services for the signatures of Notaries Public and does not provide notarial services. You are required to contact a Notary Public directly if you would like your documents notarised. Click here for a list of Notaries Public in Singapore.
What are the documents needed for notarisation?
Please check with a Notary Public directly. Click here for a list of Notaries Public.
What should be stated on a Notarial Certificate?
Please check with a Notary Public directly. Click here for a list of Notaries Public.
What are the fees charged by a Notary Public?
The information on fees charged by a Notary Public can be found in the fees schedule in the Notaries Public rules. Alternatively, please check with a Notary Public directly. Click here for a list of Notaries Public.
Does Singapore Academy of Law provide the services of a Commissioner for Oaths?
Singapore Academy of Law is the statutory body that appoints Notaries Public and Commissioners for Oaths who practise in Singapore. Singapore Academy of Law provides authentication services for the signatures of Notaries Public and does not provide commissioning services. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths in Singapore.
What are the documents needed for commissioning?
Please check with a Commissioner for Oaths directly. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths.
What are the fees charged by a Commissioner for Oaths?
The information on fees charged by a Commissioner for Oaths can be found in the fees schedule in the Commissioners for Oaths rules. Alternatively, please check with a Commissioner for Oaths directly. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths.
What is the procedure for making a statutory declaration?
Please contact a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public on the procedure for making a statutory declaration. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.
How can I request for a Certificate of Clearance (COC)?
You may refer to https://eservices.police.gov.sg/content/policehubhome/homepage/certificate-of-clearance-hub.html for information on the issuance of Certificate of Clearance (COC).
Alternatively, you may contact the Criminal Records Office at:
Tel : +65 6435 8277 (between 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Singapore time (GMT+8), from Mondays to Fridays, excluding Public Holidays)
An alternative for non Singapore Citizens (Singapore Permanent Residents & Foreign Nationals) would be for the applicant to make a Statutory Declaration in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public. Please contact a Commissioner for Oaths or Notary Public on the procedure for making a Statutory Declaration. Click here for a list of Commissioners for Oaths and Notaries Public.
For documents to be used abroad, please ascertain with the person/authority that requires the documents (the end-user), on whether the Statutory Declaration is to be made in the presence of a Commissioner for Oaths or a Notary Public, and whether a Statutory Declaration will be accepted in place of Certificate of Clearance.
If you are not currently in Singapore, we would suggest that you check with a Commissioner for Oaths or a lawyer in the country that you are currently residing in, on the procedure for making a Statutory Declaration there.