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How-To: Make a Written Oath Without Paying a Notary

Background: You are making a written oath (under penalty of perjury)
Problem: You cannot afford the time & money necessary to get it notarized
Solution: You follow this 1-step guide for verifying your own oath - legally

I. Definitions

"a written statement made under oath before an officer of the court, a notary public or other person legally authorized to certify the statement. Notary Public
"a public officer authorized to administer oaths, to attest to and certify certain types of documents, to take depositions, and to perform certain acts in commercial matters. The seal of a notary public authenticates a document." Oath
"a declaration of the truth of a statement."

See affidavit; affirmation. See also perjury.
"criminal offense of making false statements under oath."

"Verified" | Rule 60Y-3.001(27) FAC
"(27) “Verified” means under oath or affirmation or by the signing of the written declaration prescribed by Section 92.525(2), F.S."

"Verified" | 29 CFR §1601.3
"the term verified shall mean sworn to or affirmed before a notary public, designated representative of the Commission, or other person duly authorized by law to administer oaths and take acknowledgements, or supported by an unsworn declaration in writing under penalty of perjury."

Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016

II. Legal Citations

§92.52 FS | Affirmation Equivalent to Oath
"Whenever an oath shall be required by any law of this state in any proceeding, an affirmation may be substituted therefor." §92.525 FS | Verification of Documents; Perjury by False Written Declaration, Penalty
"(1) If authorized or required by law, by rule of an administrative agency, or by rule or order of court that a document be verified by a person, the verification may be accomplished in the following manner:
(c) By the signing of the written declaration prescribed in subsection (2)."
(2) A written declaration means the following statement: “Under penalties of perjury, I declare that I have read the foregoing [document] and that the facts stated in it are true,” followed by the signature of the person making the declaration, except when a verification on information or belief is permitted by law, in which case the words “to the best of my knowledge and belief” may be added. The written declaration shall be printed or typed at the end of or immediately below the document being verified and above the signature of the person making the declaration.
28 USC §1746 | Electronic Filing and Electronic Service in the District Courts of Appeal
"Wherever, under any [law/rule/regulation/order] of the United States [...] any matter is required [to be proved] by the sworn declaration [in writing]... such matter may, with like force and effect, be [proved] by the unsworn declaration [in writing] of such person which is subscribed by him, as true under penalty of perjury, and dated..."

III. Samples

# PDF Comments
1TBD case. DOAH. 2018. Pro Se Filing. Part of Affidavit

IV. Templates

# Word Comments
1DOAH | Replace the placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").
2USFLMD | Replace the placeholder tags with real information (eg "[plfName]" becomes "John Doe").

V. Quick Commentary

  • Sign & Date: Remember to sign & date your oath (otherwise, it'll be void)
  • Simple Statement: You can use this simple statement to verify your oath:
    “I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.
    Executed on this __ day of ________, 20__.""
  • Good News: Using a verified oath will save you a lot of time, and a lot of money.
    • Alternative = Using a Notary Public:
      • Step 1: Find a Notary (10-30 minutes)
      • Step 2: Meet with Notary (1-2 days)
      • Step 3: Return to Office/Home
      • Step 4: Scan Physical Document
      • Step 5: File Document
      • Total Time ≈ 1-2 days
      • Total Cost ≈ $10
    • This Method:
      • Step 1: Copy & Paste
      • Step 2: File Document
      • Total Time = 0
      • Total Cost = $0
  • Better News: TBD has never seen anyone (judges/lawyers) attack a self-verified oath
    • Thus, you can have high confidence in using it.
  • Download as many sample documents as you'd like
  • Use the free-hand template (see Part III - above) to write your 'Verified Oath'
  • Save the final version as a PDF file.
  • File the final version in court

VI. Additional Notes

VII. Conclusion

With the help of the templates above, you can use a self-verified oath to certify the truthfulness of your legal documents. The best part is that it's free and requires minimal time/effort.

Congratulations! You're now booked up on how to verify your legal oaths without spending time or money!

Please get the justice you deserve.


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