What Is An Affidavit?

As a mobile notary public, I get a lot of calls to notarize affidavits, but I’m sure that a lot of us have no idea what an affidavit is. Let’s share a brief definition, watch a few videos, and hopefully get a better understanding of the purpose of an affidavit.

affidavitAccording to Wikepedia, an affidavit is “a written sworn statement of fact voluntarily made by an affiant or deponent under an oath or affirmation administered by a person authorized to do so by law. Such statement is witnessed as to the authenticity of the affiant’s signature by a taker of oaths, such as a notary public or commissioner of oaths. The name is Medeival Latin for he has declared upon oath. An affidavit is a type of verified statement or showing, or in other words, it contains a verification, meaning it is under oath or penalty of perjury, and this serves as evidence to its veracity and is required for court proceedings.

And according to The Free Dictionary, an affidavit is “A written declaration made under oath before a notary public or other authorized officer.”

In other words, in an affidavit you give a statement that you swear to be the truth, and then sign it in front of a notary public. My job, as the notary, is to verify that you are the person signing the affidavit. Does that make sense?

Here are a few videos that do a great job of explaining it:


If you need an affidavit notarized in the Greater Baton Rouge area, please call me at 225-907-5280. I have notarized hundreds of affidavits for law firms and individuals, and would really appreciate the opportunity to work for you.

P.S. In addition to working on affidavits, I also provide notary services for other legal documents such as power of attorney, wills, bill of sale, cash sales,and much more. Available 24/7, call 225-907-5280 any time!