Important Note

The Home Affairs Department has set up Enquiry Hotline 2835 1473 for people under home quarantine in relation to novel coronavirus epidemic. The operating hours of the Hotline are from 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday except public holidays.

We remind you to stay vigilant to fraudulent phone calls and correspondence claiming to be from our office. We will not normally make calls to members of the public through the hotline. We will not make phone calls or write to members of the public to ask them to provide personal information or make any payment. As our hotline is operated by a central telephone system, the hotline number 2835 2500 will not be displayed. If you have any doubt, please contact our staff for verification or please call the Hong Kong Police Anti-Deception Coordination Centre 24-hour Anti-Scam Helpline 18222 for enquiry. For details, please browse the following press releases –

Press release dated 8 October 2019

Press release dated 26 July 2019

Press release dated 28 April 2017

Press release dated 5 April 2017

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a declaration/oath/affirmation?
  1. Any charge incurred in declaration or oath/affirmation service?

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

  1. 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 to 7:00pm, except public holidays) 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.

  1. 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 organisation on whether the declaration or oath/affirmation will be accepted.

  1. 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 and is 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 organisation on whether the declaration or oath/affirmation will be accepted.

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

A declaration or affidavit/affirmation should be completed in official language (Chinese or English). If appropriate, you have to consult the relevant organisation on the type of official language to be used. If you understand the contents of the declaration or affidavit/affirmation, you may read out the declaration or oath/affirmation in Chinese or English.

If you are not conversant with official language (including those who are only conversant with dialect other than Cantonese and Putonghua) or do not understand the contents of the declaration or affidavit/affirmation, the Home Affairs Department can book a timeslot for provision of on-site interpretation service by non-governmental organisaton. Alternatively, you may also choose to bring along a person who is conversant with the official language and the language/dialect which you are conversant with to act as interpreter. The interpreter has to truly, distinctly and audibly interpret the contents to you in front of the Commissioner for Oaths and provide guidance to you in the course of administering and/or reading out the declaration or oath/affirmation. The interpreter is also required to declare or swear that he has truly, distinctly and audibly interpreted the contents to you in front of the Commissioner for Oaths.

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

You have to be accompanied by a relative or friend who can complete the declaration or affidavit/affirmation for you and read out the declaration or oath/affirmation to you in front of the Commissioner for Oaths. The relative or friend is also required to declare or swear that he has truly, distinctly and audibly interpreted the contents to you in front of the Commissioner for Oaths.

  1. Can the declaration for early withdrawal of accrued benefits under the Mandatory Provident Fund be processed?

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.