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Should I Require An Oath-Taker To Sign My Journal?

Do affiants have to sign the journal when taking an oath, even if they aren’t presenting documents for notarization?
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M.N., Fairfield, California

Yes. Even though a Notary may not be presented documents to notarize, a verbal oath is an authorized notarial act (Government Code, Section 8205). Since you live in California, you are required by California law to keep a journal record of all of your official acts. (Government Code, Section 8206). You will need to have your oath-taker sign your journal and record all pertinent information, just as you would any other notarial act.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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