What is a Jurat form and how do I complete it?
Summary of this video
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In order to determine whether the notary is to complete an acknowledgment or Jurat procedure for any given notarial event, the notary will usually find either “acknowledgment certificate” or a “Jurat certificate” already pre-printed onto the document. The notary will complete this certificate and after signing will place their notary seal next to their signature.
Acknowledgment and Jurat certificates differ between states but regardless of the state a document has been drawn, a notary can always recognize that a Jurat procedure is required (meaning that an oath must be given to the signer) because the form for Jurats always uses “sworn to” regardless of the state.
Here is an example of two Jurats forms for two different states: New York and California.
New York Jurat Form
Sworn to before me on this _____ day of _______________, _________.
California Jurat Form
A notary public or other officer completing this certificate verifies only the identity of the individual who signed the document to which this certificate is attached and not the truthfulness, accuracy, or validity of that document.
State of: ____________
County of: ________________________
Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on this __________ day of _____________, 20____ by _____________________________________ proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person(s) who appeared before me.
If the notary form or certificate is not already pre-printed onto the document, the notary can add a separate form containing the correct wording as a separate form. Therefore, notaries usually always carry extra acknowledgment forms and Jurat forms to use when the document itself does not have the wording already pre-printed. California notaries are not permitted to use Jurat forms that do not comply with California Jurat wording, so if you are in California, and the document requiring a Jurat does not have proper California Jurat wording, you must replace it. Either use a Jurat stamp or if you do not have that, you will need to attach the following Jurat form.