An affidavit is a written statement that states facts that an individual swears to be true and accurate. To add credibility to an affidavit, it is a good idea to get the affidavit notarised. To notarise a document you will need to appear before a notary public, who will verify that you are the person signing the document. Getting an affidavit notarised can be done free of charge or for a nominal fee, depending on the notary that you use. There are even mobile notary publics that can travel to the location of your choosing to notarise your document.
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Things you need
- Photo identification
- Notary fee
Find a notary public to notarise your affidavit at a location that is convenient to you. Notary publics can be found in supermarkets, check cashing stores, attorney offices and in most banks. Many banks offer free notary services to people who do their banking with them. If you don't have an account with a bank that offers notary service, you can get your affidavit notarised for a nominal fee.
Present your affidavit and photo identification to the notary and tell them that you need the affidavit notarised. The notary will verify your identification and will give you a notary log to sign. You will need to print and sign your name in this notary log to create a record of the time and date that you obtained notary service.
Sign your affidavit in the presence of the notary public. The notary will then notarise the affidavit by placing a stamp and signature on the affidavit. This stamp and signature signifies that the notary has verified your identity and has witnessed you signing the document.
Pay the notarization fee as specified by the notary public. Once you have paid your notarization fee, the notary will provide you with a payment receipt and your notarised affidavit. You should place your new notarised affidavit in a safe location so that it is not misplaced.
Tips and warnings
- Check to be sure that the notary public's commission has not expired prior to signing your document.
- An affidavit must be notarised by a state-licensed notary public.
- Do not sign your affidavit until the notary public instructs you to.
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