Translator’s Affidavit

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.

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Example of an actual translator’s affidavit

picture of translator-certified documentsThis 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

Notarization of the document from a notary public is optional although highly sought by our clients using translations for immigration and other official purposes.

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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.

[Translator’s signature]

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