One way to verify the signing of a private and legal document in South Korea is by a Korean licensed public notary who attesting or witnessing that the signature was made in front of him/her. Signature verification is a common notarial act in South Korea.

Signature witnessing or attesting is required in many documents such as affidavits, power of attorney, agreements, deeds, financial statements, corporate documents, and other private documents and forms. In South Korea it is possible to notarize and verify signature on private documents in English from different countries without the need to translate them.

Unlike other countries, in South Korea the verification of the signature on the document is not done on the original document but on a separate certification made by the Korean notary and attached to the original document. Such certification came in English and Korean Language. The verification text on the certificate is as follows:

“[Name of the person] personally appeared before me and admitted his(her) subscription to the attached [Name of the Document] … This is hereby attested on this [Date] at this office… Name of the office….Belong to [District Prosecutor’s Office]”

An example of such a confirmation can be seen in the image below. You may click the imgae for enlarge.

It is advisable to check whether this method is acceptable and approved by the person or entity requesting the witnessing or attesting of the signature, since in many cases the part for the notarization is included in the original form itself.

If the requesting person or entity refuses to do so it should be explained that public notary in South Korea cannot sign the original document or forms, therefore this is the only options available.

The main purpose of the signature in front of the Korean public notary is to identify that the signer of the document is indeed the person appearing before the notary.

The Korean public notary has no interest in the contents of the document and does not request an acknowledgement or affidavit from the signer.

Witnessing or attesting a signature by Public Notary in Korea

It is also possible get a Korean Apostille certificate for the notarized documents. The Apostille certificate in this case will be given by the Korean Ministry of Justice and is intended to confirm that the notary who approved the document is a registered and certified notary in South Korea.

For more information and to receive service check out: Apostille and Documents Notarization in South Korea

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