Justice and Public Safety

Commissioner for Oaths
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the process of applying for a Commissioner For Oaths?
  2. What is the process required for Provincial Government Employees?
  3. How much does it cost to become a Commissioner For Oaths?
  4. How long are appointments for?
  5. Does a Mayor or Chairperson of a Municipality have to apply to become a Commissioner For Oaths?

1. What is the process of applying for a Commissioner For Oaths?

Application must be completed and submitted to the Deputy Minister of Justice and Public Safty. This applies to new requests and renewals. Application forms are available online for the Public Word Doc (29 KB), Government Employees  PDF Icon (113 KB) and the Clergy Word Doc (25 KB).

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2. What is the process required for Provincial Government Employees?

Section 7 of the Commissioner for Oaths Act (the Act) states that government employees who require Commissioner for Oaths status for the purposes of their employment may be designated as commissioners by their Minister.  Employees of regional health authorities who require Commissioner for Oaths status for employment purposes may also be designated by the Chief Executive Officer of the regional health authority. 

Government and regional health authority employees are required to complete the government employee application form, and must provide the Department of Justice and Public Safety with a letter from their departmental Minister (or Deputy Minister) or Chief Executive Officer stating that the employee has been designated as a Commissioner for Oaths under Section 7(1) of the Commissioner for Oaths Act for work purposes.

As per Section 7 of the Act government and regional health employees who are appointed under Section 7 of the Act will continue as commissioners so long as the employee holds their current office with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador or the regional health authority and continue to be designated by their relevant Minister, Deputy Minister, or Chief Executive Officer.

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3. How much does it cost to become a Commissioner For Oaths?

There is a fee of $50.00 (cheque) which is to be made payable to the Newfoundland and Labrador Exchequer. This cheque must be enclosed with the above mentioned application.

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4. How long are appointments for?

Appointments are for five years from the last calendar day of the year in which the appointment was made.  Government and regional health authority employees appointed under Section 7 continue as commissioners as long as they hold the position for which they were designated. 

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5. Does a Mayor or Chairperson of a Municipality have to apply to become a Commissioner For Oaths?

Every Mayor and Chairperson of every municipality in the Province is, by virtue of office, a Commissioner for Oaths for the period they hold office.

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