Australian Consulate-General
Mumbai, India

Witnessing a signature (Statutory Declarations and Affidavits)

Statutory Declarations

The Consulate can only witness an Australian Statutory Declaration for use in Australia by an Australian entity. Please complete the statutory declaration (do not sign) and have it ready for an officer to witness your signature at the Australian Consulate-General Mumbai.

For further information and a copy of a blank statutory declaration form for the Commonwealth or a State or Territory, please click here.

Affidavits

An affidavit is a written statement that allows the person making it to present evidence in court or other legal proceedings. The person making the affidavit must take an oath (a sworn commitment based on religious belief) or make an affirmation (a secular sworn commitment) that the contents of the affidavit are true and correct. It is generally an offence to swear to, or affirm, false information.

The Consulate's role is to witness the affidavit and administer the oath or affirmation. It does not attest to the authenticity or truth of the content of the evidence or information.

Before visiting the Australian Consulate-General check the following with the recipient or a legal representative:

  • Do you and the witness need to sign or initial each page?  Or do you only need to sign one page?
  • Do you have any exhibits to the affidavits?  And what wording needs to be written on each exhibit?

Please bring along clear instructions, your ID and your affidavit including all exhibits and attachments.

Powers of Attorney

For information on powers of attorney for each state visit http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/family-and-community/wills-and-powers-of-attorney/powers-of-attorney and http://smartraveller.gov.au/guide/all-travellers/Pages/wills-and-powers-of-attorney.aspx.

Wills

Most wills do not require an authorised witness. The Consulate is unable to witness international wills.

For information on wills for each state visit http://www.australia.gov.au/information-and-services/family-and-community/wills-and-powers-of-attorney/wills.

Witnessing Renewal of Driver's Licence

The Australian Consulate-General does not renew driver's licences. Contact the relevant State Government licence issuing Authority in Australia to obtain the necessary forms to renew your licence while residing overseas. In some cases your licence renewal forms may need to be witnessed by a Consular Officer. If this is required by the Licensing Authority, you will need to attend the Consulate-General in person, bring along the form, and any additional  documents the Licensing Authority requires by way of proof of identity (details of which are on the form).

Fees will be charged based upon the type and the quantity of services the Consulate are required to undertake by the Licencing Authority.

Please refer to the website below for further information and contact details of all State Government driver's licence issuing authorities in Australia: Driver's Licence Issuing Authorities in Australia

As each document is different, Consular Officers are not able to provide advice on the requirements of your particular document.  It is your responsibility to check with the originator of the document whether an Australian Consular Officer is able to witness your signature on the document.