The purpose of a jurat is for you to swear to or affirm the truthfulness of the contents of the document(s). A notary public administers an oath or affirmation to you, who verifies the truths listed in the document(s) under penalty of perjury.
A jurat requires the following steps:
- You must appear in person before the Notary and sign the document in their presence.
- The Notary must positively identify you either by state-issued ID or by witnesses.
- The Notary will administer an oath or affirmation. You must take the oath or affirmation, and you must respond out loud. Silent answers such as a nod of the head are not acceptable.
Unlike a notary acknowledgment, where the document may be signed ahead of time and without a notary public present, a jurat requires you to reaffirm your oath by signing the document in front of the notary. No exceptions.