The Council of the Law Society of Scotland is responsible for for the admission and registration of notaries under the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990. A petition to the Court of Session for admission as a solicitor can include an application for admission as a notary public and, in practice, usually does.

Since November 2007, only solicitors/notaries in possession of a practising certificate can act as notaries in Scotland: Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 Section 62.

Guidance for intrant notaries

Download the notary application form

IMPORTANT: Before filling in the Notary Public Application form can you please contact David Macdougall on 0131 476 8173 to check your status.

The Society is a member of the United Kingdom and Ireland Notarial Forum, along with:

The forum was set up to help develop the recognition of work of notaries in the United Kingdom, and meets quarterly.

Looking for a notary who speaks your language?

Visit the European e-Justice Portal to search for one!

Any queries regarding notarial matters should be addressed to Michael Clancy via email through David Macdougall or on 0131 476 8173.