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An affidavit is a written statement of fact that is declared to be true by the person making it, usually in the presence of an authorized official like a notary public. Affidavits are commonly used in various legal and administrative proceedings to present evidence or provide information under oath. The person making the affidavit, known as the affiant, acknowledges the legal consequences of making false statements and swears or affirms the information in the document to be true.

The key components of an affidavit usually consist of a title, an introduction, a statement of facts, a jurat or affirmation, and a notary public or authorized officer section. The title clearly identifies the type of affidavit, such as an Affidavit of Identity or Affidavit of Support.

The introduction typically states the name, address, and other identifying information of the affiant. The statement of facts is the main body of the affidavit where the affiant presents the facts or information they are attesting to, and it should be clear, concise, and organized. The jurat or affirmation is where the affiant swears or affirms that the contents of the affidavit are true and accurate, followed by their signature and the date. Finally, the notary public or authorized officer section is for the notary public or other authorized officer to sign, seal, and indicate the date of notarization.

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