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A notary public, regardless of what state they are commissioned in, will have at least one authorized duty involving oaths and affirmations; whether that duty is administering them or verifying them. Therefore, it is important for every notary public t... Oaths vs Affirmations - FB  

A notary public, regardless of what state they are commissioned in, will have at least one authorized duty involving oaths and affirmations; whether that duty is administering them or verifying them. Therefore, it is important for every notary public to know the differences between these two notarial acts.

Oath

An oath is a vow made by a person stating that they answer to a Supreme Being for telling the truth. When performing an oath, the notary will often say something along the lines of “Do you solemnly swear, under the penalties of perjury, that the information in this document is the truth, so help you God?”

Affirmation

An affirmation is when a person is bound by their own conscience to tell the truth. It removes the element of religion, which some people object to. In this instance, the notary simply omits the “so help you God.” The verbal ceremony, therefore, would consist of “Do you solemnly swear, under the penalties of perjury, that the information in this document is the truth?”

BOTH

Despite these differences, an oath and an affirmation are legally equivalent, as they both constitute a form of jurat. They both reference the content of the document or statement, and require someone to attest to its truthfulness. In addition, a false oath or a false affirmation are both examples of perjury, which is a felony crime punishable by law with a prison sentence and/or a fine.