COVID-19 update – statutory declarations
This message is relevant to current motor vehicle traders and applicants for registration who are required to complete a statutory declaration.
The following information provides guidance to those finding it difficult to complete a statutory declaration due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The Government has made a temporary law change to the requirements for signing and witnessing statutory declarations. Declarations can now be made without being witnessed in person, and instead be made using audio-visual or audio links.
The Ministry of Justice website has more information about this law change.
The Registrar of Motor Vehicle Traders is accepting statutory declarations made using audio-visual or audio links. If you are submitting a declaration made in this manner, please ensure it is accompanied by a certificate setting out the circumstances in which the oath, affirmation or declaration was made.
The Law Society has issued a memorandum for lawyers including a template showing what a certificate could look like.
Kia haumaru (stay safe), kia atawhai (be kind).