What is a statutory declaration?
A statutory declaration is a formal statement made to declare that something is true to the best knowledge of the person making the said declaration. It has to be witnessed in the presence of a solicitor, commissioner for oaths, or notary public.
Common Usage in Hong Kong
Statutory declarations are commonly used in Hong Kong in the following circumstances:
- Statutory declaration to the Inland Revenue regarding the purchase of a property;
- Statutory Declaration to Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) providers in case of early retirement or permanent departure from Hong Kong;
- Statutory declaration made by a work experience student for a period of exempt student employment; and
- Statutory declaration to support a complaint a doctor before the Medical Council of Hong Kong.
False Statutory Declaration
Under Hong Kong laws, it is a criminal offence for a person to knowingly and willfully make a false statutory declaration. If a person found is found guilty of having made a false statutory declaration, this person is liable on conviction upon indictment to imprisonment for two years and to a fine.
Witnessing a Statutory Declaration
A statutory declaration can be witnessed the same day you retain our firm. You will need to provide us with a copy of your identification document (e.g. passport or Hong Kong Identity Card).
Our fee is HKD200 for witnessing a statutory declaration.
Drafting a Statutory Declaration
We often draft statutory declarations for clients, most commonly for immigration related matters. Our fee for drafting a statutory declaration starts at HKD500 and above depending on the complexity involved.