Swearing Affidavits

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 of Oaths.

What is involved in having an affidavit signed by a Commissioner of Oaths?

This service is available during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, subject to the availability of the Regional Clerk or Deputy Regional Clerk. It is advisable to call the Office of the Regional Clerk at 905-980-6000 ext. 3224 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, as well as 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 of Oath through the Administrative Assistant to the Regional Clerk or the Administrative Assistant to the Deputy 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 of Oaths?

A Commissioner of Oaths is a person authorized to take your oath or solemn affirmation when you sign an affidavit or a statutory declaration. A Commissioner of Oaths 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 of Oaths?

The Regional Clerk and the Deputy Regional Clerk are Commissioners of Oath by virtue of their office. The Manager of Records & Information Services has also been delegated the authority to serve as a Commissioner of Oaths.

What is a Notary Public?

A Notary Public has much broader authority than a Commissioner of Oath. A Notary can "notarize" copies of documents (verify as a true copy). Notaries can notarize documents for filing throughout the world.


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