What the translator affidavit means
To ensure acceptance by immigration, government and employers, certain documents must be certified. This is the so-called certified translation service. One of the requirements of a certified translation is the translator's affidavit on it. A translator's affidavit will guarantee that:
- The translated documents receive a statement signed by the translator or translation company representative
- This statement includes the translator’s signature notarized by a Notary Public
- It states that the translator believes that the target-language text is an accurate and complete translation of the source-language text.
Example of an actual translator's affidavit
This certification's main goal is to let the reader know that a professional translator crafted the translation and assures that it was done to the best of her/his knowledge.
Elements in a Certified Translation
These are must-have elements in a certified translation:
- Translator's name, statement and signature (translator's affidavit)
- Company stamp
- Security seal with a number code for the translator
- Golden seal with the company incorporation details
Sample of translation affidavit
This is one of the many translation affidavits used by US translation companies in the United States:
I, [translator's name], hereby declare that I am fluent in [language 1] and [language 2], and that this translation is a true, accurate and complete version of the original text to the best of my knowledge.