What Is an Affiant?

Sep 5, 2017
| Updated
Aug 16, 2023
 | BY
Pat Kinsel

If you’ve ever invested in a Saturday afternoon Law & Order marathon, there’s a chance the term “affiant” sounds familiar to you. The term is often used in a courtroom setting, and is deemed an important figure in any case.

So what is an affiant, and why are they so important?

Who Can Be an Affiant?

An affiant is someone who files an affidavit, which is a written statement used as evidence in court. In order to be admissible, affidavits must be notarized by a notary public.

The notary public is there to ensure the validity of the signature and guarantee that the signature was applied voluntarily and without coercion. Once the affiant acknowledges signing the document for its intended purpose and signs the affidavit, the document is notarized and becomes a sworn affidavit.

While the terms “affiant” and “affidavit” are most often used in a courtroom setting, there are other times where you might hear these terms. Depending on your state of residence, an affidavit may be required for certain transactions. For example, if you live in Michigan, and you wish to gift your car to your son in Florida, you may be asked to file an affidavit.

Expediting the Legal Process

Despite their importance, getting documents notarized is incredibly frustrating. For over 100 years, customers needed to find, schedule, and visit a notary public in-person to have their signature verified.

Court cases may take a long time to resolve, but getting your affidavit notarized doesn’t have to.

Notarize eliminates the hassle tied to in-person notarizations by allowing you to connect with a notary public instantly online through your iPhone, Android device, or personal computer. Our agents can sign your documents in as little as five minutes, and they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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How Does Notarize Work?

We work with your schedule, not the other way around. To get your document notarized, simply Download the Notarize Mobile App or Connect with a Notary Public Online and follow these steps:

  1. Upload any document, but do not sign it before uploading it. You must sign before the notary public.
  2. Fill out the document using Notarize’s digital tools.
  3. Validate your identity.
  4. When ready, you’ll be prompted to connect in a live video call with a commissioned electronic notary public. You have access to a notary 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  5. Sign using your computer, iPhone, or Android device as the notary public watches over live video.
  6. Wait as the notary public notarizes your document online. The average wait time is about 60 seconds.
  7. You’re done! Download your notarized PDF.

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