Commissioner of Oaths

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Commissioner of Oaths

What is an Oath?

An oath is a solemn declaration of one's words by which a person signifies that he/she is bound in conscience to perform an act faithfully and truthfully.  The oath is used to encourage if not to ensure that the truth be spoken. 

What is an Affirmation?

An affirmation is a solemn declaration that serves the same purpose as an oath if an oath is objectionable to the person on religious or ethical grounds.

What is an Affidavit?

An affidavit is a document containing statements that are verified by the swearing of an oath or by an affirmation. Affidavits are generally used for the purpose of establishing legal rights and may be required to attest to a certain fact or set of facts.


Once you are certain that the City of Woodstock can commission your document, you must visit City Hall in person. The request for the Commissioner of Oaths service must be made by the same individual taking the oath and signing the document. You must present one original government issued piece of photo identification in (i.e. a valid driver's licence, a valid passport or a BYID age-of-majority card). If your identification is in a language other than English or French, an official translation of the document may be required.

The following is small listing of forms a Commissioner of Oaths can sign:

  • Consent letter for travelling with a child (commonly referred to as a travel document);
  • Delayed birth registration forms;
  • Application to amend birth registration;
  • Declaration affirming parentage;
  • Election to change of name of child under the age of 12;
  • Statutory declaration by an applicant to correct an error in registration;
  • Legal name change application;
  • Blank statutory declaration;
  • City of Woodstock planning applications;
  • Insurance claims;
  • Common law status affidavits;
  • Vehicle ownership transfers;
  • Special invitations to family members overseas;
  • Pension purpose attestations of recipient being alive and confirming their residency;
  • Residency document;
  • Lost passport;
  • Single status certificate;
  • Municipal Information Form (MIF) for liquor license;
  • Affidavit waiving vaccinations based on religious grounds.


The City of Woodstock charges $20.00 for each signature. This fee is payable by cash, cheque, or debit.

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© 2017 City of Woodstock P.O. Box 1539, 500 Dundas Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 0A7


Phone: 519-539-1291
Email: General Information

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