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How to swear an oath on Statutory Declaration Name Change Document
Statutory Declarations are used to allow a person to affirm something to be true for the purposes of satisfying a legal requirement or regulation where no other evidence is available.
A Statutory Declaration is a document sworn and signed under oath in the presence of:
- Notary of the Public
- Justice of the Peace
- Commissioner for Oaths
- Councillor (Scotland only. Documents on or after 10/12/07)
Under the provisions of section 81 of the Solicitors Act 1974, solicitors in England and Wales holding a current practising certificate have the same powers as a Commissioner for Oaths for the purposes of authenticating a sworn Statutory Declaration document.
What you need to do:
Once you have downloaded and printed your Statutory Declaration document from this website you must take it to a Solicitor, a Notary of the Public, or you local County Court. Most solicitors and the County Court will usually see you without appointment as you are just there to swear an oath. The solicitor will usually charge a fee, generally £5.00, for swearing an oath. There will not be a charge at the County Court.
You then proceed to swear an oath to declare that the document is true in the presence of the authorised person. The solicitor or court officer will explain and assist you with the oath swearing process. You can then sign and date the document and the solicitor or County Court officer will add their details and their official stamp to the document to certify it. It is a good idea to ask for several officially certified copies of your declaration to be made in case you need them for future use. The solicitor may charge an additional small fee for extra documents.
If you are changing the name of a child and have a letter of consent from the other parent you must also take this with you when you swear the oath. This letter must be certified in the same way as the Statutory Declaration document. The need to produce this additional letter during the oath swearing is shown on the Statutory Declaration document. It is a good idea to ask for several officially certified copies of your letter to be made in case you need them for future use. There may be an additional small fee for this from the solicitor.