Keeping up to date with changes to the IDLV process

Do you have the most up to date IDLV Checklist?

The Indian Drivers Licence Verification (IDLV) process is necessary if you want to change your Indian drivers licence to an Australian drivers licence.

This process allows the relevant Australian driving authority in your state to verify that you have a valid licence in India and that you have the pre-requisite driving experience in order to bypass your learner's licence or provisional licence. You may need to check your relevant state driving authority (ie, such as the RMS in New South Wales) to ensure that whatever experience you may have in India will be valid and accepted in Australia.

What about different names?

Sometimes, depending on which state issued your licence in India, your name may appear differently on your Indian drivers licence compared to your Indian passport. This is because your drivers licence may have been issued before you were issued with a passport and the driving authority in India issued your licence according to the name on your 'year 10 mark sheet'. Other times, the difference in your name may be due to various naming conventions which are acceptable in India, but unfortunately are not acceptable in Australia. Even if the differences are fairly minor, such as using your initials instead of your full name or using an abbreviated name or the substitution of your father's name, if your name on your Indian drivers licence is different to your name on your Indian passport, then you are going to have an issue and you will need help.

In Australia, your passport is a primary photo identification document, not your Indian drivers licence. This means the driving authority in Australia will identify you according to your passport and if Indian drivers licence has a different name then that licence will not be accepted as your licence without other supporting evidence which you must obtain through VFS.

Notary public services and the IDLV application

As part of the IDLV process, VFS will provide the supporting evidence required by the driving authority in Australia to confirm that you are the one and the same person in your passport and your licence, that your licence is valid and your number of years experience in India. However, before VFS will provide that supporting evidence, you must apply to VFS and satisfy all the requirements in their IDLV Checklist. One of those requirements involves our notary public services.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, we have assisted many people who have different names on their Indian passport and their Indian drivers licence. We provide them with a notary certificate to verify that they are the one and the same person, and we assist them in satisfying the requirements of the IDLV process.

Where is the most up to date IDLV Checklist?

A few years ago, VFS changed their IDLV process from requiring an authentication stamp to an apostille stamp. This was a significant change at the time because not only were they different stamps issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), but there was a significant cost difference between an authentication and an apostille especially when the documents were bound together - which, in the case of the IDLV supporting documents, we did to also include copies of passports and drivers licence.

To avoid any complications arising from using outdated information or old documents, always download the most recent IDLV Checklist directly from the VFS website. You can find it here:

http://www.vfsglobal.com/india/australia/consular_miscellaneous/pdf/IDLV-Checklist.pdf


The last time the IDLV Checklist was updated was in November 2017, which means that if you started preparing your application before then, you should make sure everything you now submit is up to date and satisfies the current requirements. Fortunately, there have been no changes to the VFS requirements for the IDLV if your name on your Indian Passport and your Indian drivers licence are different.

To obtain a quote on our notary public services for India, please visit https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/notary-fees/.

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Acknowledgements

This blog is supported and maintained by . Phang Legal is a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. With offices conveniently located in Parramatta, Phang Legal supports and services the Indian community across Sydney with readily available and easily accessible notary public services at highly competitive rates.

For more information regarding notary public services for documents going to India, view our notary publications at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/jurisdiction/india-notary/.

Frequently asked questions regarding our notary public services can also be found at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/faqs/.

For Hindi to English translation services by NAATI accredited translators, see https://hindi-naati-translation.blogspot.com.au/.

Ern Phang
Notary Public

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

IMPORTANT: the information in this article is correct at the time of publication, however the law constantly changes. This means you should always refer to the most recent articles because we try to update this blog on a regular basis with the most current information.

Apostille Services resume for 2018

We have resumed our notary public services and apostille services for 2018.

From 1 January 2018, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) have increased the fees for the apostille and authentication of documents. Previously all documents that were stamped with an apostille or authenticated by DFAT were $80 each. The new pricing applies to all documents lodged after 1 January 2018.

Authentication
$81

Apostille
$81

No change to our fees

As a leading provider of notary public services, we regularly assist our clients with notarising their documents in order for those notarised documents to be stamped with an apostille or authenticated by DFAT. If requested, we also assist our clients with arranging for the apostille or authentication.

Despite the increase in DFAT fees for the apostille and authentication of documents, our fees have not changed for 2018 and remain the same as they were in 2017 – which is fantastic news for our new and returning clients.

Other developments

Over the recent months, there have also been a number of other developments in the way that we process documents. One example is in the Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) check that we perform and have bee notarising for our clients who need to send proof of their visa entitlement in Australia to another country. In the past, the information available to us from VEVO has been limited to the passport number and visa type.

Fortunately, VEVO has updated its report to now show more information such as the visa holder’s name and more information about the visa (including relevant dates). This means that the search results that we obtain and the certificate that we can provide will be more detailed, and hopefully provide the necessary information or proof required by other countries.

On a side note, the foreign office of some countries will still not permit us to acknowledge or recognise their foreign passport in Australia (despite it being the form of identification generally used by foreign nationals who do not have any other form of photographic identification).

As more and more documentation becomes electronic, we expect the developments and the demands for this work will only grow and we continue to adapt and refine our services to meet those developments and the needs of our clients.

To obtain a quote on our notary public services for India, please visit https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/notary-fees/.

Get quote to notarise Indian documents

Acknowledgements

This blog is supported and maintained by . Phang Legal is a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. With offices conveniently located in Parramatta, Phang Legal supports and services the Indian community across Sydney with readily available and easily accessible notary public services at highly competitive rates.

For more information regarding notary public services for documents going to India, view our notary publications at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/jurisdiction/india-notary/.

Frequently asked questions regarding our notary public services can also be found at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/faqs/.

For Hindi to English translation services by NAATI accredited translators, see https://hindi-naati-translation.blogspot.com.au/.

Ern Phang
Notary Public

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

IMPORTANT: the information in this article is correct at the time of publication, however the law constantly changes. This means you should always refer to the most recent articles because we try to update this blog on a regular basis with the most current information.

Suspension of Apostille Services for 2017

Due to office closures over the Christmas and New Year period, we will be suspending our Apostille services from 1 December 2017. Apostille services will resume from 15 January 2018.

We will still be providing notary public services until 22 December 2017.

If you wish to obtain an apostille during this period, you will need to make your own enquiries with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - however be aware that DFAT has traditionally been closed during the Christmas and New Year period or be short staffed. You should expect and plan for delays.

To obtain a quote on our notary public services for India, please visit https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/notary-fees/.

Get quote to notarise Indian documents

Acknowledgements

This blog is supported and maintained by . Phang Legal is a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. With offices conveniently located in Parramatta, Phang Legal supports and services the Indian community across Sydney with readily available and easily accessible notary public services at highly competitive rates.

For more information regarding notary public services for documents going to India, view our notary publications at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/jurisdiction/india-notary/.

Frequently asked questions regarding our notary public services can also be found at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/faqs/.

For Hindi to English translation services by NAATI accredited translators, see https://hindi-naati-translation.blogspot.com.au/.

Ern Phang
Notary Public

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

IMPORTANT: the information in this article is correct at the time of publication, however the law constantly changes. This means you should always refer to the most recent articles because we try to update this blog on a regular basis with the most current information.

What documents do you need to send to India?

Confused? Get legal advice!


Many clients call us for advice about what legal documents they should be sending to India, how to write their legal documents for India or whether their legal documents should also be stamped by the Indian Consulate/VFS. Each time we tell them that they need to ask their lawyer in India - and if you are also looking for answers to these same legal questions, then you should also ask your lawyer in India.

As a public notary, we can assist you with the legal process in Australia only. There is a process in Australia (following international conventions) that involves documents originating from Australia or signed in Australia to be first notarised and then authenticated/legalised, or stamped with an apostille. The challenge when dealing with the legal process relating to Indian documents signed in Australia but used in India is that there does not seem to be a single accepted approach adopted by lawyers in India or even by the Consulate/VFS despite the international conventions.

For example, widely recognised and accepted international conventions allow for documents that have been stamped with an apostille to be accepted in their intended destination country if that country is a member state of the Apostille Convention without further stamping, verification or legalisation. Accordingly, this should mean that documents that have been stamped with an apostille in Australia should be accepted in India without issue, however this often does not seem to be the case. Many lawyers in India have advised clients that they must also have their documents stamped by the Consulate/VFS and VFS have stated that those documents would have to be stamped with an apostille before they would accept them - despite the Apostille Convention.

Ultimately, your end goal is to satisfy whoever it is in India that the documents you are sending to them are valid. This means that despite whatever regulation or process may exist with VFS, the Consulate or international protocols, the intended recipient's opinion is the most important.

To obtain a quote on our notary public services for India, please visit https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/notary-fees/.

Get quote to notarise Indian documents

Acknowledgements

This blog is supported and maintained by . Phang Legal is a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. With offices conveniently located in Parramatta, Phang Legal supports and services the Indian community across Sydney with readily available and easily accessible notary public services at highly competitive rates.

For more information regarding notary public services for documents going to India, view our notary publications at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/jurisdiction/india-notary/.

Frequently asked questions regarding our notary public services can also be found at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/faqs/.

For Hindi to English translation services by NAATI accredited translators, see https://hindi-naati-translation.blogspot.com.au/.

Ern Phang
Notary Public

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

IMPORTANT: the information in this article is correct at the time of publication, however the law constantly changes. This means you should always refer to the most recent articles because we try to update this blog on a regular basis with the most current information.

DFAT Changes 2017

Have you been to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) recently to stamp your documents with an apostille?

Many documents that need to be sent to India must also be stamped by VFS, and VFS requires those documents to notarised and stamped with an apostille. DFAT is the authorised issuing authority for apostilles in Australia and so if your documents must be stamped with an apostille, then they must be processed by DFAT.

Recently, DFAT have introduced a number of changes to the way they process documents as well as the cost. Previously, you could walk into DFAT at their Sydney office and have your documents processed over the counter. You might have to wait depending on how busy they were, but it was a fairly informal and simple process as long as you were able to go there during their normal opening hours. Now, you need to call in advance to make an appointment. Sometimes you will be able to make an appointment on short notice, but other times you could be waiting for a few business days. If you are going to go to DFAT to have your document stamped with an apostille, you will still need to allow for half a day at least.

From 1 January 2017, DFAT have also changed their filing fees and the way that they charge their filing fees. Previously, single paged documents were $60 for the apostille and $80 for multiple paged documents. Now, there is a flat fee of $80 for all documents. Simple. You do not need to worry about the size of your document, or whether your document has been bound or not, the fee to have your document stamped with an apostille is $80.

As a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney, in addition to notarising your documents we are able to arrange for your documents to be stamped with an apostille at DFAT. Our services will cover both filing and the filing fee and is perfect for those clients who do not have the time to make an appointment and go to DFAT themselves. If you need this additional service, we can handle the whole process on your behalf from notarisation, and apostille stamping so that you can collect the final document from our office or if you prefer, posted out to you by express post.

To obtain a quote on our notary public services for India, please visit https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/notary-fees/.

Get quote to notarise Indian documents

Acknowledgements

This blog is supported and maintained by . Phang Legal is a leading provider of notary public services in Sydney. With offices conveniently located in Parramatta, Phang Legal supports and services the Indian community across Sydney with readily available and easily accessible notary public services at highly competitive rates.

For more information regarding notary public services for documents going to India, view our notary publications at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/jurisdiction/india-notary/.

Frequently asked questions regarding our notary public services can also be found at https://www.notary-parramatta.com.au/faqs/.

For Hindi to English translation services by NAATI accredited translators, see https://hindi-naati-translation.blogspot.com.au/.

Ern Phang
Notary Public

Ern Phang is the solicitor director of Phang Legal and a notary public. Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public, including the kinds of problems and solutions that his clients face when sending documents to India.

IMPORTANT: the information in this article is correct at the time of publication, however the law constantly changes. This means you should always refer to the most recent articles because we try to update this blog on a regular basis with the most current information.