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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-governmental 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 authorised 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.

 
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Any charge incurred in declaration or oath/affirmation service?

No, our 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 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.


 
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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 organisation 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 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.

 
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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 organisation 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 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 relative or friend who can interpret the contents to you. The relative or friend 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 relative or friend who can read the contents to you and the relative or friend 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 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.