How long is a certified document valid for in South Africa?

By Art, On 17th February 2021, Under Community and Society
Certified copies of documents submitted with an application for employment can be up to six months old, as long as the document does not have an expiry date that falls within the six-month period.

Just so, who can certify documents in South Africa?

Only copies certified by authorised persons will be accepted (e.g. Attorneys, South African Post Office, South African Police Station, etc.). A “true copy” stamp must always accompany the Commissioner of Oaths stamp.

Beside above, do JP signed documents expire?

No, there is no expiry date on a document certified by a JP.

Who can notarize a document in South Africa?

The Notary's Role
A Notary Public is a specialist attorney who has an intimate knowledge of certain acts, and the processes prescribed therein, and who is legally empowered to officially witness signatures, take statements and certify the validity of documents.

How do I certify a document in South Africa?

How to certify your documents. Take your original documents as well as the photocopies to your nearest police station, post office, or lawyer's office. Ask them to certify the documents, and they will stamp them.
A Notary Public is an attorney admitted and authorised by the High Court of South Africa to witness signatures, draw and attest contracts and statements, authenticate the validity of certain documents. A Notary Public is held to a higher standard of care than an attorney.
Only copies certified by authorised persons will be accepted (e.g. Attorneys, South African Post Office, South African Police Station, etc.). A “true copy” stamp must always accompany the Commissioner of Oaths stamp.
Last Updated Thursday, May 23, 2019 12:54:46 PM. The Minister or any of his authorised officers is empowered to appoint any person as a Commissioner of Oaths, including any person designated by the Minister as an ex officio Commissioner of Oaths.
1.1. All documents requiring certification must be certified by an independent commissioner of oaths. If you wish to bring the original documentation to our offices, a FNB Securities staff member will sign the documents, make the necessary copies and verify them to be true copies of the original.
A certified copy does not verify the authenticity of the original document, only that the copy is a true copy of what appears to be an original document to the Notary Public. Of course, Certified Copies can only be made of documents that are original.
– to have a notary public on staff in most of their branches. Most banks provide free notary public services to their customers. If you aren't a customer of the bank, the bank may charge you for the notary service, or decline to provide the service and suggest that you go to your own bank.
TO APPLY: Complete the application for appointment as Commissioner for Oaths. Ask your employer for the names of the documents you will be witnessing and include this information on the application form.
Affidavits, most often used in legal proceedings or in police reports, must be sworn or affirmed before a commissioner of oaths. In certain circumstances, a will or other testamentary document must be signed in the presence of and by a commissioner of oaths.
To certify a document simply take a photocopied copy and the original and ask the person to certify the copy by:
  1. Writing 'Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me' on the document.
  2. Signing and dating it.
  3. Printing their name under the signature.
  4. Adding their occupation, address and telephone number.
Yes, in most cases, staff at our Post Offices can: witness your signature free of charge. certify that documents are true copies of originals.
Take the photocopied document and the original and ask the person to certify the copy by:
  1. writing 'Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me' on the document.
  2. signing and dating it.
  3. printing their name under the signature.
  4. adding their occupation, address and telephone number.
Who can certify a document
  • bank or building society official.
  • councillor.
  • minister of religion.
  • dentist.
  • chartered accountant.
  • solicitor or notary.
  • teacher or lecturer.
No, there is no expiry date on a document certified by a JP.
A certified copy is a copy (often a photocopy) of a primary document that has on it an endorsement or certificate that it is a true copy of the primary document. It does not certify that the primary document is genuine, only that it is a true copy of the primary document.
It is not advisable for you to witness or certify a document for a member of your family.