How to Complete a Jurat
Completing a jurat is a common task for notaries where you certify that the signer of a document personally appeared before you and swore or affirmed the truthfulness of the content. A jurat typically requires the signer’s oath or affirmation and the notary’s acknowledgment. Here’s how to complete a jurat:
1. Identify the Document:
- Ensure that you have the correct document that requires a jurat. The document should have a section dedicated to the jurat.
2. Verify Signer’s Identity:
- Ask the signer for a valid government-issued photo ID to confirm their identity. Ensure the name on the ID matches the name on the document.
3. Explain the Jurat Process:
- Explain to the signer that they need to take an oath or affirmation to confirm the truthfulness of the document’s content.
4. Prepare the Jurat Section:
- Locate the jurat section on the document. This section typically includes the following components:
- The notary’s name
- The notary’s commission expiration date
- The date of the notarization
- A statement affirming the signer’s appearance and oath/affirmation
- The signer’s name
- A place for the notary’s signature
- A place for the notary’s official seal
- The notary’s printed name
5. Administer the Oath or Affirmation:
- Ask the signer to raise their right hand (if taking an oath).
- Administer the oath or affirmation: “Do you solemnly swear (or affirm) that the statements you have made in this document are true and correct?”
- If the person is taking an oath, they can respond with “I do” or “I swear.”
If the person is making an affirmation, they can respond with “I do affirm.”
6. Sign and Seal:
- Sign your name exactly as it appears on your notary commission. This signature indicates your role as the notary.
- Apply your official notary seal next to or above your signature. The seal should include your name, commission number (if required by your state), commission expiration date, and the words “Notary Public.”
7. Record Required Information:
In your notary journal, record the details of the jurat, including the date, type of document, signer’s name, method of identification used, and any fees charged.
8. Provide a Copy:
- After notarizing the document, provide the signer with a copy for their records.
9. Stay Informed:
- Stay up-to-date with the notary laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. Notary rules can vary by state or country, so it’s important to stay informed about any changes or requirements.
Remember that the steps for completing a jurat may vary based on your jurisdiction’s laws and regulations. Always follow the guidelines set by your local notary authority to ensure that your notarial acts are valid and legally binding.