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When To Administer An Oath Or Affirmation

New Hotline Resized 3When should an oath or affirmation be administered?           — N.J., Idaho

An oath or affirmation must be administered any time a notary certificate mentions that the signer has 'sworn' to or 'affirmed' the statements in the document. In addition, an oath or affirmation is required when a credible witness comes to identify a document signer who is unknown to you and who does not present written identification (see Idaho Code 51-107[1][b]). 

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