How to use commissioner of oaths stamps

02 Oct 2018

One of our most popular products has always been the Commissioner of Oaths stamp set. They come in a standard set of 3, required by all Commissioner of Oaths. We have the correct templates and terminology at hand and simply add your details in for your own set of personalised stamps.

What is included?

  • Oath Stamp – to be used in conjunction with the designation stamp when administering an oath.
  • Designation Stamp – to be used when administering an oath, as per above, and when certifying a copy of the oath.
  • Certification Stamp – to be used when certifying that a copied document is the same as the original. This template meets the new requirements furnished by the CIPC.

Wait, what is a commissioner of oaths?

A commissioner of oaths is an individual who has been assigned the power to administer oaths, verify affidavits and certify supporting documents. They are allowed to perform these duties in a designated area.

Who can become a commissioner of oaths?

Advocates, attorneys, clerks of the court, judge’s secretaries, justice of the peace, magistrates, notary publics, sheriffs, accountants, auditors and pastors. For a full list of designations, take a look here.

How to perform an oath

A Commissioner of Oaths may administer an oath from any person provided the person is willing to make the declaration and allowed to do so under The Justices of the Peace and

Commissioner of Oaths Act No. 16 of 1963. The person must initial each page of the oath and sign in full on the last page with the COO present. The COO must then initial each page and also sign in full. The COO is required to ask the person that they have acknowledged that they know and understand the contents of the declaration, that they do so of their own free-will and state the manner, date and place of taking the declaration. You will then stamp the final page as well with the oath and designation stamps.

How to certify documents

The copied document must be compared to the original document to validate authenticity. Once this has been ascertained, the COO can stamp and sign the document.

How to apply to become a Commissioner of Oaths

If you are eligible and would like to become a Commissioner of Oaths, you are required to fill in this form, arrange an appointment with the local magistrate and hand it in personally.

When you’re ready, you can purchase your Commissioner of Oaths stamps directly from our website. Your stamps will be sent for delivery to you within 48 hours from order placement (excluding weekends and public holidays).