Commissioner of Oaths vs. Notary Public

Commissioner of Oaths

As of July 2013, all licensed paralegals in Ontario became commissioners for taking affidavits. A commissioner of oaths can administer oaths and take affidavits but is limited to provincial authority.

Notary Public

A notary public has all the powers of the commissioner for taking affidavits and can also verify the truth of copies of documents. A notary public can also receive and draft: a contract, obligations, testament, and an official deed. Paralegals must apply and pay a fee in order to become a notary public.

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