Notarial Act: Jurat

"Jurat" means a notarial act in which an individual at a single time and place:

  • appears in person before the notary;

  • presents an original document;

  • is personally known to the notary or identified by the notary through satisfactory evidence of identity;

  • takes an oral oath or affirmation the sworn statement is true and correct to the best of that person’s knowledge and signs the document.


While not required by law, the notary will always have the signer raise his or her right hand to emphasize the seriousness of the oath or affirmation.


After administering an oath or affirmation to the signer, the notary will then complete the notarial act by filling out his/her notarial certificate, then signing and sealing the 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.


Jurat Certificate | Source: virginia.gov

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