A Statutory Declaration is a formal document that is created and signed in the presence of a solicitor, notary public or comissioner of oath. Statutory Declarations are signed in the presence of a UK official to ensure that the person swearing (the declarant) makes a statement or declares something to be true by virtue and under the provisions of the Statutory Declaration Act 1835. The person making the declaration is made aware of their responsibilities. To knowingly make a false declaration could result in legal proceedings being taken against that person.
A Statutory Declaraction is often used to satisfy the legal requirements of authorities when other documentation is not available to them. These documents can be useful when declaring marital status, residency status, nationality, changes of a name and much more.
All statutory declarations must contain the following wording:
“I (name) do solemnly and sincerely declare, that/as follows………and I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true, and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835”.
Document certification could be required for a number of different reasons. You can often be asked to supply these documents for certain official applications including, but not limited to, mortgage applications and new bank account applications.
Solicitors are able to attest documents as being a true copy of the original and thereby proivde certified copies. It is also possible for solicitors to confirm photographic ID as being the true likeness of the person requesting the certification.