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Commissioner of Oath

Commissioner of Oaths’ services are offered in person at our Client Service Centres inside City Hall and Ben Franklin Place.

What can and cannot be signed

The following is small listing of forms a Commissioner of Oaths can sign:

  • Declaration Affirming Parentage
  • Election to Change Name of Child under age of 12 (service Ontario)
  • Statutory Declaration by an Applicant to Correct an Error in Registration
  • Legal Name Change Application
  • Blank Statutory Declaration, i.e. single/double status declarations
  • Insurance Claims multiple forms, only charge once
  • Vehicle Ownership Transfers - Sworn statement for a transfer of a used vehicle in the province of Ontario (Service Ontario)
  • Special Invitation to Family members overseas
  • Statutory Declarations In Lieu of a Guarantor - Passport Applications and Permanent Residency Cards (We must also sign their pictures)
  • Pension Purposes-attestations of recipient being alive and confirming their residency
  • Federal Government Permanent Residency Card applications (only this form – we can certify their documents as true copies) we must also sign their pictures.
  • Delayed birth registrations
  • Application to amend birth registrations
  • Lost passport
  • Consent letter to travel with a child (travel document)
  • Common Law or single status affidavits
  • Affidavit waiving vaccinations based on religious grounds (free – City business)
  • City of Ottawa Planning applications (free – City business)
  • Bank Related documents

The following is a listing of documents a Commissioner of Oaths cannot sign:

  • Any affidavit related to divorces, separations, child custody or estates;
  • Documents that need to be certified or if true copies need to be authored;
  • Forms which call upon a Commissioner of Oath, yet also request certified true copies of other documents as attachments. Because the Commissioner cannot certify attachments, they cannot sign the affixed application (as listed above, the only exception is that of a federal government permanent residency application);
  • Affidavits of true affidavits required for an applicant of a marriage license. These must be forged by a notary public .
  • Any court-related documents (with court file # on top right)

Identification

  • The request for the Commissioner of Oaths service must be made by the same individual taking the oath and signing the document. You must present 1 (one) original piece of photo identification in the form of government-issued photo identification (i.e. a valid driver's licence, a valid passport, new health card or a BYID age-of-majority card). If your identification is in a language other than English or French, an official translation of the document may be required.
    *The City of Ottawa does not accept health cards as a form of photo identification for any other service.

Paperwork

Bring your completed document (do not sign the affidavit section of the document).

Costs

  • $14.80 per document to be sworn

Methods of payment

  • Cash
  • Debit
  • Credit card
  • Cheque

In person

This service is available by appointment only.

Please select a location to book an appointment time:

City Hall - 110 Laurier Ave West

Nepean - 101 Centrepointe Dr

Effective July 15, 2020, masks are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.