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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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Jacquelyn GrahamGilliam

08 Dec 2020

This was an amazing read. I thank you for all the up to date information.

Darlene Haywood

09 Dec 2020

Thank you for this information especially the quiz it helps you to refresh the mind on good information we need to know thanks

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