Commissioner for Taking Affidavits and Non-Lawyer Notary Public Appointments

The Ministry of the Attorney General processes applications for members of the public (who are not lawyers) who wish to be appointed commissioners for taking affidavits or non-lawyer notaries public in Ontario.

A commissioner for taking affidavits may take affidavits and administer other legal oaths, affirmations or declarations within or outside Ontario, or subject to any territorial limit the Attorney General may specify, as permitted by the Commissioners for taking Affidavits Act.

Commissioners by virtue of office may take affidavits without applying to the Ministry of the Attorney General for a commissioner appointment. For further information, please review the frequently asked questions for officeholders granted this commissioner status and refer to the regulation.

All licensed paralegals in Ontario are designated as commissioners for taking affidavits by virtue of office. For further information, please review the frequently asked questions for officeholders granted this commissioner status and refer to the regulation.

notary public has all the powers of a commissioner for taking affidavits, and can also verify that signatures, marks and copies of documents are true or genuine. Notaries public are governed by the Notaries Act.

Ontario lawyers who wish to be appointed as notaries public must contact the Ministry of Government Services by calling (416) 325-8416, or visiting their website.

Non-Lawyers may apply by completing an application which can be downloaded from below.

The following information about the commissioner for taking affidavits and notary public application process is not legal advice.

Application Forms and Information Guides

Commissioner for Taking Affidavits:

Non-Lawyer Notary Public:

  • Application Form available in PDF or HTML
  • Reappointment Guide available in PDF or HTML

Please note: You must be entitled to work in Canada to become a non-lawyer notary. You do not need to be a Canadian citizen.

Other resources

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