What is an Affidavit? Why does an Affidavit Need to be notarized?
What is an Affidavit?
An affidavit is a sworn statement.
When you sign an affidavit under your name, you are declaring that it's contents are true and correct to the best of your knowledge and belief.
In the Washington DC and Maryland, you cannot deviate from the statements made by you in the affidavit. Any statement made by you in the affidavit may be used as a statement made by you yourself in the court of law, banks, public authorities, etc.
However, an affidavit may be forged under your name. This is where a notarized affidavit gains significance, and this is why all the honourable courts of law asks for an affidavit to be notarized.
An affidavit in DC requires an embosser seal by a notary and in Maryland a stamp by the notary public becomes a notarized affidavit.
Three elements an affidavit must include to become official are:
The Written Oath where a person (the affiant) swears that the specific facts they wish to declare are true;
The Signature of the one making the written statement;
The Certification by a notary public or other qualified official stating that an oath affirming the truth of the statements in the affidavit was witnessed in person.
Why does an Affidavit Need to be Notarized?
The Affidavit needs to be notarized by an authorized third party because it can be used as a sworn testimony, and used as evidence in a trial. If the person whose testimony is on the affidavit cannot be at the trial for some reason, it can be used in their place.
Not just an affidavit, but any document may be notarized. For example, a copy of passport may be notarized before submitting to show that the copy of the passport is as original, and it is a true copy. If you are unable to travel to a notary, or if you need an emergency notary for a quick situation, DMV Notary Mobile has notaries that will travel to you.
When something is notarized the contents of it is verified and then sealed.
Any corrections made by you, I.e, for example when you over write anything, is also marked and verified, and mentioned that these may corrections are made and verified.
The signature is also made in front of the notary public and the identity and signature is further verified.
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