A commissioner for oaths can administer oaths and take and receive affidavits, statutory declarations and affirmations for use in court or other legal proceedings. Unlike a notary public, a commissioner for oaths cannot certify true copies of documents, and is restricted to administering oaths and affirmations within the Northwest Territories.
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The Evidence Act allows the Minister of Justice to appoint individuals as commissioners for oaths. To become a commissioner for oaths, you must submit to the Registrar:
- a completed application form;
- a completed examination form; and
- payment in the amount of $75.00.
Every examination question must be answered correctly in order for your application to be accepted. Upon approval, you will be sent a certificate of appointment as a commissioner for oaths.
Appointments are made for three years and expire at midnight on the last day of the third year. For example, an appointment made on August 1, 2020 will expire at midnight on July 31, 2023. You will need to apply to renew your appointment by submitting a completed application form together with the fee. You will not be provided with notice that your appointment is about to expire.
Original signed documents must be submitted to the registry, by mail or in person. Applicable fees are payable to the Government of the Northwest Territories by VISA, Mastercard, cheque, or money order. Payments can also be made in person using cash or a debit card. Rejected submissions will be returned with any accompanying payments.
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