We are both a Notary Public and Commissioner of Oaths
- A Notary Public is a person who can witness oaths, solemn affirmations, the signing of affidavits or statutory declarations. A Notary Public may also certify documents to be true copies of the original.
- Like Commissioner for Oaths, a Notary Public may also witness oaths, solemn affirmations and declarations but it is not necessary that a notarial seal be affixed to the document.
Affirmation of an Oath
- Where an oath is being witnessed by a Notary Public or a Commissioner for Oaths, the deponent is required to confirm the following: “Do you swear the contents of this Affidavit as subscribed by you are true?” Where a solemn declaration is required instead, the deponent must declare in the positive to: “Do you make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing it to be true and knowing that it is of the same force and effect as if made under oath?”
- In every case, the deponent must be physically present before the Notary Public or Commissioner for Oaths.