New requirements have been introduced for identifying a person before witnessing his/her statutory declaration or affidavit. The new requirements came into effect on 30 April 2012.
The new requirements are detailed in Part 2 of the
Oaths Regulation 2011. Before witnessing your statutory declaration or affidavit, a JP is required to see your face, and confirm your identity.
A JP may confirm your identity if the JP has known you for at least 12 months, or by sighting an identification document.
When requesting a JP to witness your statutory declaration or affidavit, please ensure that you have an acceptable identification document with you, such as your:
Other acceptable forms of identification are listed in section
3(1) of the Oaths Regulation 2011
The JP Handbook outlines a suggested procedure for NSW JPs to follow when witnessing a statutory declaration.