What is an Affidavit?
Affidavits are used for a number of different purposes, but generally they are used for the purpose of establishing legal rights. An affidavit is a statutory declaration that certain information is true, such as a person's identity, motor vehicle ownership and common-law partnership.
Affidavits must be sworn or declared by the first party and can be signed by a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits (also referred to as a Commissioner of Oaths).
What is involved in having an affidavit signed by a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits?
This service is available during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, subject to the availability of a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. It's advisable to call the Office of the Regional Clerk at 905-980-6000 ext. 3221 to make an appointment.
The processing fee is $15, and we do not accept debit or credit cards. Please make sure to bring valid photo identification with you and the appropriate forms needing to be signed.
Anyone who wishes to swear an oath or make a declaration must:
Make an appointment to see a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits through the Office of the Regional Clerk
Have the appropriate form(s) ready, filled out, but unsigned
Bring photo identification, such as a driver's licence, passport or photo health card
Bring the processing fee, which is $15.00 per signature, and is payable in cash only
What is a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits?
A Commissioner for Taking Affidavits is a person authorized to take your oath or solemn affirmation when you sign an affidavit or a statutory declaration. A Commissioner for Taking Affidavits does not certify that the statements being made in the affidavit or statutory declaration are true, but only certifies that an oath or solemn affirmation has been administered properly.
Who are our Commissioners for Taking Affidavits?
The regional clerk and deputy regional clerk are Commissioners for Taking Affidavits by virtue of their office, as well as those appointed by by-law as acting deputy regional clerks for the purpose of serving as Commissioners for Taking Affidavits.
What is a Notary Public?
A Notary Public has much broader authority than a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits. A Notary can "notarize" copies of documents (verify as a true copy). Notaries can notarize documents for filing throughout the world. We don't offer notary services.