What is an unsworn declaration and when can it be used?
Under Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Section 132.001, an unsworn declaration may be used in lieu of (in place of) a written sworn declaration, verification, certification, oath, or affidavit required by statute or required by a rule, order, or requirement adopted as provided by law.
This provision does not apply to an oath of office or an oath required to be taken before a specified official other than a notary public.
An unsworn declaration can replace the requirement for a notary in some cases.
What must an unsworn declaration contain?
An unsworn declaration made under this section must be:
- in writing,
- signed by the person making the declaration as true under penalty of , and
- in substantially the form described in Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code section 132.001.
Forms and Instructions
Click the link below for the forms and instructions for a general unsworn declaration. This is the form for use by most people.
Click the link below for an online guided form to help you fill out the form.
Click the link below for the forms and instructions for an unsworn declaration for inmates.
Click the link below for the forms and instructions for an unsworn declaration for employees of a governmental agency.
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