How to Fill Out a Jurat
State of ___________________
County of __________________
Subscribed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on this (date of notarization) by (Name of Signer) , personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence to be the person who appeared before me.
____________________________ (Place notary seal here)
Signature of Notary
Effective 2005, this wording is the proper verbiage for a Jurat and if it not pre-printed on the form, you will need to write it in, use a separate "Jurat form" or use a jurat stamp which has this wording on the document.
For acknowledgments, if the verbiage needs to be added, we usually use an All-Purpose Acknowledgment form, but jurat verbiage is small enough that you can usually get away with stamping the verbiage on the document itself. For this, we use a stamp conveniently known as a “Jurat Stamp”. You will then sign it as the notary and seal it with your notary stamp.
Another reminder that since a jurat is meant to appeal to the conscience of the signer because the signer must swear to the truthfulness of the contents of the documents, the document MUST be signed at the time of notarization, not before. If it has been signed before, you must require re-signing after you give the oath or affirmation and prior to placing your notary seal on the document.
Prior to 2005, identification of the document signer was not necessary, but as a general rule, notaries always obtained identification information from the signer regardless. New legislation now requires the notary to use the same identification rules as applicable to acknowledgments. Many documents requiring a jurat do not have the proper jurat wording pre-printed on the document. The part that is most often missing is "personally known to me or proved to me on the basis of satisfactory evidence". Unlike acknowledgments, EVERY jurat taken in California regardless of where the document is to be recorded MUST have proper California jurat wording either pre-printed, stamped or attached to the document requiring notarization.
See example of a 2006 Jurat form with proper California wording.
You will once again notice from this form an optional section which should be completed by the notary.
As a point of clarification, please note that any document requiring a jurat in California must have the appropriate California jurat wording but it does not require the optional information. This part is included on a separate Jurat form as a way of identifying the document for which it is intended. The notary is free to stamp the correct wording on the document as long as there is sufficient room by using a Jurat stamp.