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Making an Affidavit Form
An Affidavit is simply a written, notarized sworn statement. An Affidavit can be used for nearly any reason such as to attest to someone's death or birth, to state a place of residence, or to be entered as evidence in a court trial. When you sign an affidavit, you are simply attesting, under law, that you swear a statement written in the affidavit is true.
A good way to think of an affidavit is as a type of written court testimony. Where, in a court of law, you would have to place your hand on a Bible and swear that you are telling the truth and nothing but the truth, in an affidavit, you simply do this in writing. You are under oath, but your statement is on paper instead of in spoken testimony.
Many government forms—like voter registrations, for example—could technically be defined as affidavits, since lying on such forms can carry with it the charge of perjury.
Our Affidavit forms allow you to submit any type of statement and can be customized to any state. To use this form, simply fill in a few items of information and take it to a notary public to be signed and notarized.
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A General Affidavit is a sworn statement of fact on any topic. Our Affidavit is such an Affidavit. It includes a space for entering a unique statement. It is for general purposes rather than designed specifically for a certain situation, such as a statement of name change. This Affidavit can be made suitable for most situations. We offer Affidavits for specific scenarios if that would suit your needs better.
You can easily make an Affidavit within a few minutes using our document builder. You simply fill in some information then print the form to bring to a Notary Public for signing. To complete the Affidavit, you'll submit the following information:
The Affidavit will automatically generate to suit the state the document will be signed in and will include the necessary Notary Public legalese required.
The first qualification is that the signee is competent, which in most cases means “of sound mind,” or capable of understanding what they are signing, and at least 18 years old. They should also be someone who has first-hand knowledge of the information they are attesting to and they should not feel pressured or coerced into signing the document. They should understand that if they are proven to have made false statements that they are violating the law and committing perjury. They should also possess the legal ID required for the notary services, such as a state-issued driver's license or ID, U.S. Military ID, Resident alien ID, or U.S. passport.
If you are signing an affidavit, make sure you read what you are attesting to in its entirety. If you can agree to all of the statements in the document, feel free to sign. You will have to sign in front of a notary public or similar authority to make the affidavit fully legal.
Affidavits need to be notarized. Notary Publics are not difficult to find. Your bank or credit union may even offer free notary services. Having the document notarized is necessary, especially if it is to be used in court. When you bring this form to a Notary Public, they will:
Check your ID to confirm that you are who you say you are.
Administer an oath or affirmation.
Verify that you appeared before the notary.
Verify that they saw you sign the Affidavit.
Note that you signed without duress.
Verify that you swore or affirmed under penalty of perjury.
You will sign the document in front of the notary public, who will then sign their name, attesting that you knew what you were signing and that they witnessed the signature.
In most cases, no. Affidavits are simple to make. Our document builder can generate the letter for you easily after you submit a bit of information. It just needs to be signed and notarized to be valid. If stakes are high, you may benefit from having a lawyer review the statement that is to be signed. They may be able to suggest edits to the statement before it is signed that may help your case.
Affidavits can be used for many reasons, but they all share a common trait: the person signing is making a declaration, under oath, that what's in the affidavit is true to the best of their knowledge and belief. Here are some common types of affidavits and what they're used for.
These are just a few of the most commonly used Affidavits. For a more complete list, see our list of family and personal affidavits.
Legal resources for an Affidavit: 22 CFR §§ 92.22 - 92.29