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Do I need special Notary journal entry wording for an oath?

When administering an oath for a jurat, must I write the word “oral” in the journal entry?P.N., New Jersey

New Jersey’s statute (NJSA 52:7-10.18) indicates only that Notaries must record the type of notarial act performed. It’s not required that you write ‘oral’ in your journal, but you are free to do so if you choose, particularly if the oath you are administering is for swearing in a witness in a judicial proceeding or for an oath of office. The article A Notary's Guide To Oaths And Affirmations has more information regarding oaths.

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