Why do I need to see a Commissioner for Oaths?

Notary Advice | 11 comments

A Commissioner for Oaths is a person in the legal profession who is entrusted with the ability to witness the signing and swearing of documents.

Quite simply, they witness you signing a document and swearing that the information you have supplied is correct to the best of your knowledge.  Then the Commissioner for Oaths will sign to authenticate your declaration.

You may need the services of a Commissioner for Oaths if you are: changing a will, making a power of attorney or a statutory declaration, swearing an affidavit.

Can anyone be a Commissioner for Oaths?

Commissioner for Oaths are most usually Solicitors or qualified Notaries Public but other people within the legal profession such as Barristers, Legal Executives and Licensed Conveyancers are just as qualified to fulfill this role.  Be aware, however, that a Solicitor is forbidden to act as a Commissioner of Oaths in any proceedings in which they have a vested interest.  So, if you are involved in a legal case which requires you to sign an affidavit, then you must sign in front of a Solicitor who is not acting on your case.

What does a Commissioner for Oaths charge?

Although the fees charged by a Commissioner for Oaths are determined by statute, it is not unusual for prices to vary depending on where you are in the country, the VAT status of the firm providing the service, and the branch of the legal profession that one approaches to fulfill the function.  As ever, it is always advisable to obtain a quote in advance from any oaths commissioners that you approach.

However, for the most part expect to pay no less than £5 to your Commissioner of Oaths for each person making an affidavit, declaration or affirmation along with a further £2 for each additional exhibit or schedule.

For details of the fees we charge for acting as a Commissioner for Oaths please refer to the fees section of MD Pryke Notary Public at www.mdpryke-notary.com


  1. Abbigail Webb

    How much do you charge for a Commissioner for Oaths service? I looked in the fees section, but it only gave the fees for notarization.

    • Matthew

      The statutory fee is £5 per document.

  2. m k mirza

    how much to sign for a passport picture thanks?

    I am enemployed person
    m k mirza

  3. cyril anthony gavillet

    How much for a confirmation of identity on a passport appplication
    and where is the nearest P.C. in
    London n8 7bq?
    With Thanks.

  4. jas

    do can you sign passport application

  5. Marie

    Please I want to make a statutory declaration of my date of birth.Can you prepare it for me and how much do you charge

  6. david saunders

    how do i find a comissioner to sign my statutory declaration to get my deposit back? thank you very much for help provided

    • Matthew

      Hi David and thanks for the message. Any solicitor or notary public should be able to assist you. If you need to locate one close to you then I would suggest contacting the Notaries Society website where there is a postcode search which can be undertaken to locate a Notary Public near to you.

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