ID cards necessary for document verification

25/01/2018 08:18

The Consumer Council of Fiji is advising consumers who wish to seek the assistance of a Justice of Peace (JP) or a Commissioner for Oaths to carry their valid identification cards (ID) with them. A valid identification card is required if consumers wish to get their documents certified.

It is important to identify a person before witnessing his/her statutory declaration. It is for this reason consumers must carry their ID for JP to confirm the identity of the person who is making the statutory declaration, and ensure that it matches.

Concerns were raised by JPs and Commissioners of Oaths present at workshops held in the Northern, Western and Central/Eastern division late last year, indicating that the lack of proper identification was usually a cause for delay in getting documents certified.

Consumers are reminded that they will only be served when they present their valid ID’s.

Official IDs that are acceptable include a valid Passport, Driver’s License, FRCS/FNPF Card, Voter Registration Card or a University ID card. All these have the bearer’s name and a photograph for identification.

Consumers are advised to present this at all times when seeking services from JPs and Commissioners of Oaths.

Further, consumers are reminded that JP services are free. As public office-holders, they are not permitted to charge fees.