Acknowledgment Vs. Jurat

Updated: Sep 3

Acknowledgment and Jurat are the most common notarial acts our notaries are asked. Acknowledgments are usually associated with real estate conveyances, mortgages, powers of attorney, or agreements. Jurats (Oaths/Affirmations) are frequently utilized in affidavits, declarations, applications, court-related documents, and other sworn statements. Both Acknowledgments and Jurats are certificates that are used to authenticate the identity of the individual signing the document. They do not prove a document itself is true, legal, valid, or enforceable. The difference between the two is as follows.


Acknowledgment


An acknowledgment certificate indicates that the signer:

  • personally appeared before the notary,

  • was identified by the Notary,

  • may either sign the document before appearing before the notary, or in the presence of the notary, and

  • acknowledged(declared) to the Notary that the document was freely signed.

Verbal Ceremony performed:

“Do you acknowledge that you signed this document voluntarily and for the purposes stated therein?”


An example of an "acknowledgment" certificate:


Acknowledgment Wording

Jurat


A Jurat indicates that the signer:

  • personally appeared before the notary,

  • was identified by the Notary,

  • was given an oath or affirmation by the notary attesting to the truthfulness of the document, must respond out loud and silent answers such as a nod of the head are not acceptable, and

  • signed the document in the notary's presence.

Verbal Ceremony performed:

  • Oaths, for religious people:

“Do you solemnly swear under penalty of perjury that the statements in this document are true and correct to the best of your knowledge?”

  • Affirmations, for some people have religious convictions against taking an oath:

“Do you affirm under penalty of perjury that the statements in this document are true and correct to the best of your knowledge?”


An example of a "jurat" certificate:



Notaries public in most states are not allowed to determine which type of certificate a signer uses but may present a sample for the signer to choose from.


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