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Getting copies of documents certified

I'm astonished at how difficult it is to get document copies certified here in Switzerland.

I took my passport down to the local Commune office (on the basis of something written on this forum). Apparently though, they no longer have the power to certify a copy of a passport.

Next, I phoned my Swiss bank. They agreed to certify if I came to the branch. When I arrived, I was told they couldn't certify it - they can only certify copies when it relates to bank business.

Finally, I went to La Poste. They'll do it, but at a cost of 25chf per copy. And since I need two copies, that would be 50chf.

In the UK, you can wander down to any bank, solicitor, accountant, financial adviser, and they'll normally do it for free.

Where am I going wrong?
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Old 26.06.2015, 18:23
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I'm astonished at how difficult it is to get document copies certified here in Switzerland.

I took my passport down to the local Commune office (on the basis of something written on this forum). Apparently though, they no longer have the power to certify a copy of a passport.

Next, I phoned my Swiss bank. They agreed to certify if I came to the branch. When I arrived, I was told they couldn't certify it - they can only certify copies when it relates to bank business.

Finally, I went to La Poste. They'll do it, but at a cost of 25chf per copy. And since I need two copies, that would be 50chf.

In the UK, you can wander down to any bank, solicitor, accountant, financial adviser, and they'll normally do it for free.

Where am I going wrong?
For Free In Switzerland

Just go to your nearest Notariat and they will certify anything; at a price!!
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I'm astonished at how difficult it is to get document copies certified here in Switzerland.

I took my passport down to the local Commune office (on the basis of something written on this forum). Apparently though, they no longer have the power to certify a copy of a passport.

Next, I phoned my Swiss bank. They agreed to certify if I came to the branch. When I arrived, I was told they couldn't certify it - they can only certify copies when it relates to bank business.

Finally, I went to La Poste. They'll do it, but at a cost of 25chf per copy. And since I need two copies, that would be 50chf.

In the UK, you can wander down to any bank, solicitor, accountant, financial adviser, and they'll normally do it for free.

Where am I going wrong?
A notary office (Notaire) would be the other place to try, but they charge 34 chf per copy..... plus if you're sending the certified copy of a passport abroad you're also then supposed to take the copy to the town hall to get it countersigned; for another 50.

In France the local mayor's office does it all, for free!!! Catch being that you have to live within that commune.
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Cost me 15 CHF in Zurich & free at a Notary in France passport in both cases to be sent abroad. I paid £5 in the UK last week with a solicitor.
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Re: Getting copies of documents certified

Well, that was my experience a few months ago in Geneva (where the OP is).
I'd paid thirty francs for a similar service in Geneva about fifteen years ago (countersigning a sample of my signature).

The french notaire in Saint Julien-en-Genevois that I'd first tried told me in a very officious voice that french notaires don't certify documents, passports or signatures, which is why I ended up getting it done in Geneva.
I didn't get the copy countersigned though (as the notaire insisted I had to for the copy to be valid outside of Switzerland), and my english solicitor accepted it without any qualms.

If your experiences have been different I'm very tempted to put it down to your usual jammy good luck!

I only discovered about the french mayor's office afterwards and have had several things certified there since.
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Cost me 15 CHF in Zurich & free at a Notary in France passport in both cases to be sent abroad. I paid £5 in the UK last week with a solicitor.
where did you get it at 15 CHF in Zurich? for future reference... it would be good to know.. I went to public notaritat and it was 20 CHF..
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Re: Getting copies of documents certified

in small communes you just go to the town hall and they do it for free, cities make you pay. don't know about passports though
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in small communes you just go to the town hall and they do it for free, cities make you pay. don't know about passports though
Try reading the first post, slowly.....
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