Guidance

Austria: notarial and documentary services

How someone in Austria can get documents witnessed or certified, and administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit.

Overview

The British Embassy Vienna can only provide a very limited range of notarial and documentary services for British nationals in Austria.

Where local notaries public can provide services, the British embassy will not provide them. This will be the case for the vast majority of notarial services requested.

Search for an English-speaking local Notary Public who can perform services in English.

These professional bodies can generally provide services more cheaply, quickly and conveniently.

Services we provide in Austria

The British embassy can only provide notarial services where the requesting authority and the applicant can provide evidence that no other alternative is acceptable.

If you require a UK university degree certificate to be legalised at the FCDO Legalisation Office in the UK, a certified copy might be able to be made by us if you are unable to get it done by a UK solicitor or the British Council, and if you are a British national.

Please contact us with this information as well as proof that the requesting authority requires the document to be sent to the FCDO Legalisation Office for an apostille or a legalisation stamp.

For information about documents relating to marriage, such as the certificate of no impediment (CNI), see getting married abroad.

If you can’t find the service you are looking for on this page, please see other services provided by the British embassy in Austria.

What to bring to your appointment

See the individual services below for details of supporting documents to bring only once you have an appointment confirmed by consular staff. Make sure you have acceptable proof of address and identity and an acceptable form of payment for any fees.

Payment

We accept payment by credit or debit card (Visa or MasterCard only). Payment by cash or Austrian Bankomat cards is NOT accepted. See the full list of consular fees.

Proof of address and identity

For all appointments for notarial services you will need to bring acceptable proof of your identity and address:

  • we accept passports or national identity cards as proof of identity
  • we accept your ‘Meldezettel’ (local Austrian registration document) as proof of address. If not available, utility bills or bank statements with your name and address may be accepted

Administer an oath, affirmation or affidavit

The British embassy only provides notarial services where the requesting authority and the applicant can provide written evidence that no other alternative is acceptable. We will only then consider your application for notarial services.If you cannot provide us with this proof, we are unable to conduct this service.

This service is for people who need to swear an oath, make an affirmation or make an affidavit relating to the UK in front of a consular officer.

Please note that the embassy will not draft documents for you. First check with the consulate what format they need and then have the document drawn up or checked by a professional prior to booking an appointment. Once you have booked an appointment request you will receive an email from us requesting a scan of the documents in question, as well as the written evidence mentioned above, to ensure that we can conduct this service. We will only then confirm the appointment.

Please be aware that if you attend the consulate without emailing beforehand, your appointment will not be confirmed and we cannot guarantee that we can perform the service requested.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for an oath, affirmation or affidavit in Vienna

Witness a signature

The British embassy only provides notarial services where the requesting authority and the applicant can provide written evidence that no other alternative is acceptable. We will only then consider your application for notarial services. If you cannot provide us with this proof, we are unable to conduct this service.

This service is for customers who need to sign a document and have their signature witnessed by a consular officer. The document must be prepared before your appointment as we will not draft documents for you. We do not handle wills or probate, power of attorneys, or witness deed polls.

Once you have booked an appointment request you will receive an email from us requesting a scan of the documents in question, as well as written evidence mentioned above, to ensure that we can conduct this service. We will only then confirm the appointment.

Please be aware that if you attend the consulate without emailing beforehand, your appointment will not be confirmed and we cannot guarantee that we can perform the service requested.

This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it.

Please do not sign the document before your appointment.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for witnessing a signature in Vienna

Make a certified copy of a document

The British embassy only provides notarial services where the requesting authority and the applicant can provide written evidence that no other alternative notarial body can perform this act. We will only then consider your application for notarial services. If you cannot provide is with this proof, we are unable to conduct this service.

This service is for British nationals who need certified photocopies of British passports, Home Office registration/naturalisation certificates, UK educational documents (only those that have been issued in the UK by a recognised institution and are listed on the Legalisation Office website and which are required to be sent to the FCDO Legalisation Office), British driving licences and British divorce decrees.

Once you have booked an appointment request you will receive an email from us requesting a scan of the documents in question, as well as written evidence mentioned above, to ensure that we can conduct this service. We will only then confirm the appointment.

Please be aware that if you attend the consulate without emailing beforehand, your appointment will not be confirmed and we cannot guarantee that we can perform the service requested.

This service is provided at the discretion of consular staff and we can refuse to provide it.

What you will need to bring with you:

Book an appointment for a certified copy of a document in Vienna

Services provided elsewhere

We no longer provide life certificates for British nationals claiming a British pension abroad. Please refer to the list of people working in a recognised profession who can do this for you.

Data protection

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office holds and uses data for purposes notified to the Information Commissioner under the Data Protection Act 1998. Such personal data may be disclosed to other UK government departments and public authorities.

Disclaimer

This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy / consulate by the relevant authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. Accordingly the FCDO and the British embassy / consulate will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information.

For all notarial and legalisation services it is the responsibility of the customer to ascertain the precise requirements of the person requesting the notarial or legalisation service and to satisfy themselves that the service provided by the embassy/consulate will be accepted.

Published 15 May 2013
Last updated 21 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated with new informative note

  2. updated marriage information

  3. added detailed marriage information

  4. Added notary search website link

  5. First published.