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Who Speaks The Words For An Oath During A Jurat?

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I was asked to notarize a “University of California State Oath of Allegiance, Patent Policy, and Patent Acknowledgement” form. The signer was instructed to only sign the oath in presence of the Notary. Do they need to read the oath, or do I need to recite it? T.K., Illinois

Either will work. The important requirement is that there must always be verbal communication when administering an oath. If you recite it, make sure the signer responds verbally with a clear "yes" or “I do.” Because the signer's answer puts them under penalty of perjury, it's important that the signer's response be clearly heard by the Notary.

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