Commissioners for Oaths

A Commissioner for Oaths is a person appointed or designated under The Manitoba Evidence Act to take affidavits or declarations by asking you to swear or affirm that what is in a document is true.

How to become a Commissioner for Oaths - A person may be eligible for appointment as a Commissioner for Oaths if their employment or work with a volunteer organization involves administering oaths or affirmations, or taking affidavits or statutory declarations.


Notary Public Appointment for Manitoba

A Notary Public has all the powers of a commissioner for oaths and, can verify that signatures, marks and copies of documents are true or genuine. A Notary Public is frequently asked to make a notarial copy of a document for official purposes.

How to become a Notary Public - If you are a lawyer called to the Manitoba Bar, you can apply to be a Notary Public.



An Authentication Certificate from this office certifies the Notary Public’s signature and seal on a Canadian document are genuine to send abroad. For authentication, your document must have a recognized Manitoba Notary Public signature and impression seal. Note that you are solely responsible for ensuring that an embassy or consulate will accept the documents in the format they require. Our office does not validate the contents of documents.

Frequently Asked Questions - Authentications (pdf)

In-per authentication services are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. For drop box or mail options, please follow the steps below:

Step 1:  Confirm requirements by contacting the embassy, high commission, or consulate of the country where you will send the documents. See contact information here: Consulate adresses registered with this office.

Step 2: Prepare your documents

  • the document must be notarized by a Manitoba Notary Public (a Notary Public is a lawyer, we do not have a lawyer in our office)
  • a written request for a certificate of authentication, include contact information
  • a self-addressed stamped envelope or a prepaid courier shipping label. We recommend using Pre-Paid Express Post envelope as it has a tracking number. We are not responsible if your documents get lost in the mail.

Step 3: Choose your payment method

  • A $12.00 fee is applied for the authentication of the signature & seal of the Notary Public, per document or set of documents.
  • Additional fees are charged for each different document or set.
  • A money order or bank draft payable to the Minister of Finance. No personal cheques accepted.
  • Pay using Visa/MasterCard by filling out the payment option form.

Step 4: Mail or drop off your document

In person: 8:30-4:30 (closed between 12:00 and 1:00).

Dropbox: 405 Broadway main floor 
Mail to: Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public Office
405 Broadway, Room 1034
Winnipeg, MB   R3C 3L6

Allow at least 5 to 7 business days for processing.


Contact us:

Commissioner for Oaths/Notary Public
Appointments, Renewals and Authentications
Address: 1034-405 Broadway
Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6
Phone: (204) 945-2654
Toll-free: 1-866-323-4249 (in Manitoba)
Fax: (204) 945-1459


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