Commissioner of Oaths or Commissioning of legal documents is another service provided by the Town of Erin Administrative Staff.
The Administrative Office Staff at the Town of Erin can help you with legal documents that require signing before a Commissioner for Taking Oaths. The Clerk, Tax Administrator and Mayor are Commissioners of Oath for the Town of Erin. There is a charge for this service as of January 1, 2016. Please call (519) 855-4407 or toll free to 1-877-818-2888 to confirm that a Commissioner is available at the office.
We are not Notary Publics.
What is a Commissioner of Oaths?
A Commissioner of Oaths is an individual who is authorized by law to administer oaths and solemn affirmations including affidavits and statutory declarations. The person swearing or affirming the oath is called a deponent.
Some documents, such as affidavits and statutory declarations, require that a Commissioner of Oaths administer an oath to the deponent. A Commissioner of Oaths will verify the identity of the deponent, satisfy himself or herself of the genuineness of the signature of the deponent and will administer an oath or solemn affirmation.
A Commissioner of Oaths does not certify that the statement being made is true. Rather a Commissioner of Oaths only certifies that an oath has been administered properly and that what you are signing is the truth and you are who you say you are, with proper identification.
Please bring in your completed document to be commissioned but do NOT sign it until the Commissioner is available to witness your signature.
What is the Oath/Statutory Declaration?
If a deponent chooses to swear an oath, the deponent will be asked: "Do you solemnly swear that this is your true affidavit/statutory declaration so help you God?"
An affirmation is used where the deponent, for religious or other reasons, will not swear an oath. In the latter case, the following question is used: "Do you solemnly affirm that this is your true affidavit/statutory declaration?" It is not necessary that the deponent holds a religious book, or raises his/her hand to undertake an oath.