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What is a declaration/oath/affirmation?

Declarations are normally made and used by members of public when they cannot produce the required documentary proof to substantiate their claims to support their applications made to various government departments or non-government bodies.

Oaths are normally made where an affidavit is required. An affidavit is a written statement of fact verified by the maker’s oath. An affidavit is usually used in connection with legal proceedings when required or authorized by law as evidence of the matters stated in it.

An affirmation is an alternative to the oath. Where a person objects to swear an oath, usually for religious reasons, he shall be permitted to make an affirmation instead for any purpose for which an oath is required by law. An affirmation is a written statement of fact verified by the solemn and sincere affirmation of the maker.

Declarations or oaths/affirmations for private use can be made in our Home Affairs Enquiry Centres. If a declaration or oath/affirmation is required to be made upon the request of government departments, you need to go to the relevant department for making the declaration or oath/affirmation.

 
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How to make a declaration or oath/affirmation and what kinds of documents should an applicant bring along?

To make a declaration or oath/affirmation, you can approach any of our Home Affairs Enquiry Centres (Enquiry Centres) in 18 districts in person. The process includes filling in a declaration or affidavit/affirmation form and reading out the declaration or oath/affirmation in front of our Commissioner for Oaths. You need to bring along your Identity Card to identify yourself. You may need to bring along documents as annexes to the declaration or affidavit/affirmation, if required. If you want to declare the document is duplicated from the original, you only need to bring along the duplicated document.
Please click here for the addresses, telephone numbers and the declaration or oath/affirmation service time slots of the Enquiry Centres

 
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Any charge incurred in declaration or oath/affirmation service?

No, the declaration or oath/affirmation service is free of charge.

 
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Where can I find the declaration or oath/affirmation service time slots and the addresses of the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres (Enquiry Centres) ?

Since different Enquiry Centres have different time slots for declaration or oath/affirmation service, please call our Telephone Enquiry Centre at 2835 2500 during office hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 7:00pm) for the service time slots. You may click here for the addresses, telephone numbers and the declaration or oath/affirmation service time slots of the Enquiry Centres.

 
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Does your department provide attestation of signature service?

No, we only provide declaration or oath/affirmation service. The Commissioner for Oaths is not empowered under the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance to attest to the authenticity of signatures. You may consider attaching the required document as an exhibit to the declaration or affidavit/affirmation and declare or swear/affirm the signature in the exhibit is true and correct. You should consult the relevant organization on whether the declaration or oath/affirmation will be accepted.

 
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Does your department provide certified true copy service ?

No, we only provide declaration or oath/affirmation service. The Commissioner for Oaths is not empowered under the Oaths and Declarations Ordinance to certify a document as a true copy of its original. They are not in a position to ascertain the authenticity of the original document. You may consider attaching the document as an exhibit to the declaration or affidavit/affirmation and declare the exhibit is the true copy of the original document. You should consult the relevant organization on whether the declaration or oath/affirmation will be accepted.

 
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What language should be used when filling in the form and making declaration or oath/affirmation?

Normally, a declaration or oath/affirmation is made in Chinese or English. You should consult the relevant organization on what language you should use. If the declaration or affidavit/affirmation is in English, you are required to read the English declaration or oath/affirmation to show that you yourself are familiar with the English language and understand the contents of the declaration or oath/affirmation. If you have difficulties in understanding the language, you have to be accompanied by a person who can interpret the contents to you. The interpreter is required to declare or swear/affirm that he has truly, distinctly and audibly interpreted the contents to you.

 
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If I am illiterate, how can I make a declaration or oath/affirmation?

If you are illiterate, you have to be accompanied by a person who can read the contents to you and he is required to declare or swear/affirm that he has truly, distinctly and audibly read the contents to you.

 
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Can the declaration for claiming payment of Mandatory Provident Fund be processed by your department?

Yes, you can approach any of our Home Affairs Enquiry Centres (Enquiry Centres) in person. You need to bring along your Identity Card and fill in the designated declaration form issued by the Mandatory Provident Fund Schemes Authority. Please click here for the addresses, telephone numbers and the declaration time slots of the Enquiry Centres.

 
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How to make an appointment with the duty lawyer through Free Legal Advice Scheme (FLAS) ?

You need to go to any of our Home Affairs Enquiry Centres (Enquiry Centres) in person to make the appointment. Our officer will conduct a preliminary interview with you for obtaining the case background and then book an appointment with the Duty Lawyer Service. Normally you can meet the lawyer in 6 to 8 weeks. Since the booking time slots for the Free Legal Advice service varies among Enquiry Centres, please call our Telephone Enquiry Centre at 2835 2500 during office hours (Monday to Friday from 9:00am - 7:00pm) for the booking time. You may also click here for the addresses and telephone numbers of the Enquiry Centres.

 
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Any cases which will be refused by Duty Lawyer Service ?

Please check the website of Duty Lawyer Service regarding The Free Legal Advice Scheme.