Commissioner for Oaths

Commissioner for Oaths

The Ministry of Justice and Solicitor General administers the Commissioner for Oaths program for members of the public who wish to be appointed as Commissioner for Oaths in Alberta.

The Government of Alberta proclaimed the Notaries and Commissioners Act and the Commissioner for Oaths Regulation in force on April 30, 2015. Along with a new Act and Regulations, a Code of Conduct was established.

If you wish to be appointed a Commissioner for Oaths, you must be 18 years of age, resident of Alberta and have no criminal record. 

The procedure for applying for an appointment of a Commissioner for Oaths consists of:

  • Completing an application for appointment/renewal as a Commissioner for Oaths.
  • Studying the Information and Instruction Booklet and attending upon a lawyer to be examined on the duties and powers of a Commissioner for Oaths appointment.
  • Submitting the fee of $50.00 by cheque or money order payable to the Government of Alberta.
  • Applications normally take 2 – 3 weeks for processing.  Once approved, a Certificate of appointment will be mailed to the applicant.
  • Those wishing to renew their appointments, a preprinted renewal form will be sent to the last current address on file 8 weeks before the expiry of your current appointment.  The completed renewal and application fee must be submitted to the address noted below a minimum of 2 weeks before expiry of the current appointment.

Further information about the application process, please contact:

Official Documents & Appointments
111, 9833 – 109 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2E8
Tel:  780.427.5981
E-mail: official.documents@gov.ab.ca

Code of Conduct for Commissioners for Oaths 

1.      A commissioner for oaths must

a.       discharge all of the commissioner for oaths’ responsibilities with honesty, dignity and integrity;

b.      treat all persons fairly, courteously and with respect;

c.       provide services in a professional, ethical and responsible manner;

d.      comply with the terms and conditions of the commissioner for oaths’ appointment;

e.      comply with

                                             i.            the Notaries and Commissioners Act,

                                           ii.            the applicable regulations under the Notaries and Commissioners Act,

f.        any other law or directives that govern the conduct of commissioners for oaths in the discharge of their responsibilities, and

g.       any direction issued to the commissioner for oaths under section 22 of the Act;

h.      act in a manner that maintains and upholds the honour and reputation of the office of commissioner for oaths;

i.         maintain up to date knowledge on the law and directives governing the duties and conduct of commissioners for oaths;

j.        hold in strict confidence all information of a confidential nature that comes to the commissioner for oaths’ knowledge, except as is required to perform the services of the commissioner for oaths or as otherwise required by law.

2.      A commissioner for oaths must not

a.       mislead or attempt to mislead anyone in the discharge of the commissioner for oaths’ responsibilities;

b.      participate in the preparation or delivery of any document that is false, incomplete, misleading, deceptive or fraudulent;

c.       participate in the preparation or delivery of any document that

                                             i.            has the appearance of being validly issued by a court or other legitimate authority but is not,

                                           ii.            is intended to or has the effect of deceiving any person, or otherwise is lacking valid legal effect.

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