What is a Statutory Declaration?

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A statutory declaration is a formal written statement that affirms to the truth of specific facts. It is similar to an affidavit; however a statutory declaration does not require a religious oath or a secular affirmation.

When might I need a statutory declaration?

Statutory declarations are typically used in situations where alternative evidence is unavailable to satisfy a legal requirement. Various circumstances may necessitate a statutory declaration. Common examples of when a statutory declaration is useful are:

– Changing your name

– Declaring your identity

– Confirming a document as a copy

– Providing evidence of marriage or civil partnership

– Proving your residency

How do I obtain a statutory declaration?

Follow these steps to obtain a statutory declaration:

  1. Draft your declaration, either independently or you can instruct IHRC Legal.
  2. Have your declaration witnessed. It must be signed in the presence of an authorised individual, such as a solicitor, notary public, or justice of the peace.
  3. Pay the associated fee, typically required for the witnessing of a statutory declaration.


What are the consequences of making a false statement in a statutory declaration?

Making a false statement in a statutory declaration is a serious criminal offence, carrying the potential for imprisonment for up to two years and/or a fine.

Next Steps

Our solicitors charge £75 for assisting with the preparation of your statutory declaration.

To sign statutory declarations, we charge £5 per document and £2 for each exhibit referred to in the statutory declaration. Contact IHRC Legal for more information.


This information was correct at the date of publishing.


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