Commissioners for Taking Affidavits

Commissioners for taking affidavits are appointed through the Order in Council Administration Office. Generally, they are restricted in their services and the circumstances in which services are provided. Appointed commissioners usually cannot provide services not related to their place of employment or volunteer organization.

Attention Provincial Government Employees:

The information provided below may be of interest to certain groups of provincial government employees.

Effective September 1, 2015, The Commissioners for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia Regulation is in force B.C. Regulation 142/2015 (PDF).

This means that the regulation designates the following groups of employees as Commissioners for Taking Affidavits for British Columbia because of their office or employment:

  • Family Justice Counsellors appointed under section 10 of the Family Law Act
  • Child Support Officers and Local Managers employed in the Family Justice Services Division of the Justice Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice
  • Family Search Officers, Managers and Directors employed in the Maintenance Enforcement and Locate Services Division of the Justice Services Branch of the Ministry of Justice
  • Customer Service Representatives and Senior Customer Service Representatives employed in the Service BC division of the Ministry of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services
  • Local Managers, Regional Managers, Assistant Deputy Wardens, Deputy Wardens, Wardens, Deputy Provincial Directors and Provincial Directors employed in the Corrections Branch of the Ministry of Justice

As a result, as of September 1, 2015, these groups will automatically be designated as Commissioners for Taking Affidavits and will no longer have to apply through the Order in Council Administration office for a commissioner appointment.

Any questions regarding the regulation or the information provided in this notice should be directed to the appropriate LSB solicitor.


Commissioners for taking affidavits are appointed through the Order in Council Administration Office. Generally, they are restricted in their services and the circumstances in which services are provided. Appointed commissioners usually cannot provide services not related to their place of employment or volunteer organization. The Order in Council Administration Office cannot release the names of commissioners for taking affidavits due to privacy restrictions.

If you require the services of a commissioner for taking affidavits — for example, to witness an affidavit or statutory declaration — you may access commissioners for taking affidavits in Service BC offices throughout the province.

Lawyers and notaries public are commissioners for taking affidavits by virtue of their professions. More information about lawyers and notaries public in B.C. is located on websites for the Law Society of British Columbia and the Society of Notaries Public of British Columbia.

Commissioners for taking affidavits are prohibited from charging fees for providing services, except where fees are specifically allowed under other statutes.

Applying for an Appointment as a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits

For more information, see the procedures for applying or reapplying as a commissioner for taking affidavits.

Contact Information

Commissioners for taking affidavits are appointed through the Order in Council Administration Office.

Telephone: 250 387-5378
Fax: 250 387-4349
Mailing
Address:
Order in Council Administration Office Ministry of Justice PO Box 9280 Stn Prov Govt Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J7
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