The notary jurat can be confusing. This article helps better understand the California jurat and its use.
So, what is a jurat?
Jurats are the second most commonly used notarial act.
This act requires a notary to administer an oath or affirmation from the signer. This oath or affirmation determines the signer agrees the document is true under penalty of perjury. Therefore, with the signer signing and completing the swearing of the document, it allows a notary to complete their notarial act.
Steps to a California jurat:
First, confirming signer identity
Second, ensuring document completeness
Third, administering oath (or affirmation)
Fourth, completing both a California notary journal entry
Lastly, when the document is completed with a jurat, the notary public completes the jurat notarial certificate and places their notary signature and notary seal as confirmation.
Fun fact: with a notary jurat, a signer must sign in the presence of a notary public. A notary cannot put their notary seal and notarize a jurat if the signer does not swear to the document’s accuracy.
Interested in seeing a California jurat example? Check out our blog about how to fill out a California jurat form.
How to fill out a California jurat form
Filling out a California jurat form can be easy.
Check out the California jurat form located here.