If you’re planning on making a life for yourself in Vietnam, you’ll likely need a notary at some point.
Nearly all life changes, from getting your driver’s license to getting married to Vietnamese person, a notarised documents are necessary to win legal recognition.
Even smaller changes like getting your work permit, a must if you’re planning on working in Vietnam longer than three months, need to be done with a battery of notarized documents, including a health check (which can be done at a number of local hospitals) and a copy of your degree among other documents.
You may need to have these notarized documents translated, and you can sometimes find both of those services from the same provider, such as The People’s Committee. Notary and translation services there start at a cool VND40,000 per page.
Also, beware dear reader: not all notaries are created equally. The aforementioned People’s Committee is the only place that can issue translations and a notary stamp on those documents. At a private notary, you’re going to need to have the translation notarized at a public body.