Most Commons of Notary Pubic Documents

“I need this notarized,” is a universal refrain Notaries nationwide hear from their signers. But what type of notarization? There are a number of different notarial acts, and you need to understand them in order to perform your duties properly.
Here are the most common types of notarization:

01.

Jurats
 

The purpose of a jurat is for a signer to swear or affirm that the contents of a document are true.Depending on the jurisdiction, it also can be known as an affidavit or a verification on oath or affirmation.

For a jurat, the signer must personally appear before you and sign the document in your presence. You must then administer an oath or affirmation and have the signer speak aloud his or her promise that the statements in the document are true. The choice between an oath or affirmation should be made by the signer.

Administering the oath or affirmation is a vital part of performing a jurat or verification because the signer is affirming that the contents of the document are true, and he or she may be prosecuted for perjury if the contents are not true.

02.

Oaths/Affirmations
 

In some cases, a client may simply need you to administer an oath or affirmation orally, rather than as part of a jurat​, affidavit or other written document. The purpose of administering a verbal oath or affirmation is, again, to compel a client to truthfulness.

An oath is a solemn pledge to a supreme being. An affirmation is a solemn pledge on the individual’s personal honor. Again, the choice should be made by the signer.

03.

Copy Certification
 

copy certification confirms that a reproduction of an original document is a “full, true, and accurate transcription or reproduction” of the original.

Documents requiring copy certification may include: diplomas, driver’s licenses, leases, contracts, vehicle titles, Social Security cards, medical records and bills of sale.

To perform a copy certification, the person in possession of an original document (known also as the “document custodian”) takes the original document to a Notary. The Notary typically will make a photocopy of the document and complete a certificate for the copy certification to confirm that the photocopy is a true, accurate and complete copy of the original.

We shall process your documents and update you with our final decision within 5 days of receiving payment and all documentation.

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