I need a copy of my passport certified
- you must let me see your passport
- you have to let me know why you need the certified copy of the passport
- you will have to let me which country the certified copy of the passport is going to
Other essential things you need to know when you use a notary
In all the notarial work I do there I things I have to do including:
- identifying you (Click here to find out more)
- usually preparing a separate document (called a ‘notarial certificate') which I attach to the document you sign, and then I bind that certificate to the power of attorneyand add my signature and seal. (What does notarial certificate contain?);
- recording the details of what I have done for you. (Why do I have do this and what does it involve?)
- Why do I need to know why you want the copy of the passport. There is no absolute requirement that I need to know this or that I must put this on my notarial certificate. The reason I do this is because it is, in a small way, a additional security measure. If the notarised copy is lost or stolen and ends up in the hands of a crook then a statement as to its intended purpose could limit its use by the crook.
If the copy of the passport was needed by a person buying a specific property in France but ended up with a crook who was engaged in money laundering in Spain then a statement as to the purpose might limit its use by the crook who was using the notarised copy as evidence of his/her (false) identity.
- Why do I provide a notarial certificate instead of just writing in hand that the copy the passport is a true copy in the same way that solicitors do in England? I do this because such an approach is recommended by the Notaries Society (the representative body for notaries). It is also a security measure for the reasons stated in the previous bullet point. See FAQs on this page for the reasons why I do this