Administering a jurat (or taking an affidavit)
The second most often-completed notary act is when the notary must administer a jurat. A jurat is a specific notary act in which the signer must personally appear before the notary, swear an oath or affirmation to the notary regarding the truthfulness of the contents within the document. and sign the document in front of the notary. The document signer in this case is sometimes referred to as an affiant since he or she is making an affidavit that the contents of the document are true. Effective January 2005, the notary must also properly identify the signer of a jurat.