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Notary Commissioning

What is a notary public?

Notaries public are part of our legal system.

Every notary public can:

  • administer oaths or take affidavits, affirmations or declarations
  • attest the oaths, affidavits, affirmations or declarations
  • certify and attest a true copy of a document
  • witness or certify and attest the execution of a document

What is a commissioner for oaths?

A commissioner for oaths can’t act as a notary public. However, a notary public can act as a commissioner for oaths.

Commissioners for oaths can:

  • administer oaths
  • take and receive affidavits, affirmations or declarations
  • attest the oaths, affidavits, affirmations or declarations

Notary Public

An Notary Public in Edmonton is a person who can witness oaths, solemn affirmations, the signing of affidavits or statutory declarations. A Notary Public in Edmonton 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.

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