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What Do I Say When Administering An Oath Or Affirmation?

New Hotline Resized 3Where can I find the verbiage for giving an oath or affirmation?S. S., Minnesota

Minnesota law provides wording for several types of oaths. In particular, MS 358.07(10) provides an oath form for affiants that may be used by Notaries who notarize signatures on affidavits: “You do swear that the statements of this affidavit, by you subscribed, are true. So help you God.” The statute doesn’t require you to use these exact words as long as you stick to the substance of the oath.

For an affirmation, MS 358.08 allows the words “swear” and “so help you God” in the abovementioned oath to be replaced respectively with “affirm” and “and this you do under the penalties of perjury.”

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