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Business Services Division > Notary > Functions of a Notary > Official Notary Guide > Definition of Terms Definition of Terms

Acknowledgment: A formal declaration before a notary public that the instrument presented is the free and voluntary act of the party executing it and the signatures on the document are genuine.

Affidavit: A signed statement made under oath or affirmation.

Affirmation: An oral or written declaration made by a person who has an objection to taking oaths, certifying that under penalty of perjury the declarations are true.

Jurat: An attached written statement of the notary public that the oath or affirmation was taken before him/her.

Oath: Oral or written appeals before God that the declarations made are true.

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