Notary Services in Hong Kong

This is just an FYI for anyone sort of used to going to those hole-in-the-wall notary publics wearing cheese-stained suits and who charge you just US$3 for a stamp and a signature. Hong Kong is the exact opposite.

You have to set an appointment with a solicitor, through their ultra-efficient secretaries, since lawyers here often double as notaries. The highest they can charge you per document, depending on the nature of it and whether it needs further review by a higher court, is HK$2,000 (US$250).

If this seems a tad too expensive for you, as it did for me, you can check the Hong Kong Society of Notaries for listings and fees. There’s also this gentleman, Hon. Robin Bridge, a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Hong Kong who later focused solely on notary public services. He takes the time to review the nature of your document and explains options on how best to go about it. All of them respond pretty quickly to e-mail inquiries.

Consuls also provide notarial services, including the Philippine consul in Admiralty, which charges upwards of HK$200, but you have to set an appointment and present other documents. It could be a hassle, knowing my country’s red tape.

In the end, I went with Yip, Tse & Tang in Wanchai, which charged me around HK$800 (US$102) for a 10-minute session with their notary public. I appreciated the office’s green velvet paneling and their laminated oath-taking cue cards. And then I bought a cheeseburger to celebrate.


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