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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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19 Aug 2019

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31 May 2021

In Michigan, is an oath or affirmation administered multiple times throughout a (real estate) loan closing, or just once?

National Notary Association

02 Jun 2021

Hello. That would depend on the number of documents that required the Notary to administer an oath or affirmation to the signer. You would need to administer a separate oath or affirmation for each notarial act that requires it.

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