Jurat is a Latin word for “sworn” or “to swear”. Two different types of jurat notary certificates are attached to documents when the signer is making a sworn statement.
If the notary certificate says “affirmed before me”, the signer is making an affirmation, which is a statement made on the signer’s personal honor.
True and Correct
In either case, the signer is declaring that the statements and information in the document are true and correct, to the best of their knowledge and belief. The notary is not responsible for verifying that the information is true.
If you are a witness in court, and you make a false statement while under oath, you may be charged with the crime of perjury. In a similar manner, if you make a false statement to a notary, while under oath or affirmation, you may also be charged with perjury.
Sign in Notary Presence
The notary verifies the ID, awareness and willingness of the signer. For a sworn statement, the signer must sign the document in front of the notary. If the signer has already signed the document, the notary must ask the signer to sign the document again, in the notary’s presence. The notary should compare the document signature with the signature on the photo ID.
Jurats are attached to documents that are used as evidence, such as court documents, depositions, verification and affidavits. They are often attached to applications, registration forms, certificates and statements of fact, such as a financial statement.
See our web page for sample wording used for a Colorado Jurat Certificate.