Commissioners for oaths

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.

Documents to be filed in court can be commissioned at a court registry. For other documents you will need to contact a lawyer or other notary service:

Community Provider Phone
Yellowknife MJ's Express Services Ltd. 1 (867) 444-8528
Yellowknife Office Compliments 1 (867) 920-4624
Inuvik Winston Tsai 1 (867) 787-1111


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.

Your appointment expires three years after the appointment date shown on your certificate. To renew your appointment you must re-apply using the same process. Expiration notices will not be provided.

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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