North Dakota Self-Proving Affidavit Form

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Updated July 26, 2022

A North Dakota self-proving affidavit form is a legal document executed by a testator (creator of a will) and two (2) witnesses in the presence of a notary public. This document, once attached to a last will and testament, replaces the need for witnesses to appear before probate court to attest to the legitimacy of a will. Whereas the court normally requires both witnesses to present themselves in court and confirm that the testator was of sound mind and executed the document voluntarily, a self-proving affidavit contains all these testimonial elements in writing. After completing the will, the testator may choose to have the will self-proved right away. The testator and both witnesses will have to sign the affidavit in front of a notary public, who will notarize the form with their signature and official notary seal.


  • Statute§ 30.1-08-04
  • Signing Requirements – Two (2) witnesses and a notary public.

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF, MS Word (.docx), or OpenDocument.

Step 2 – The first two lines of the form must be completed with the State and County in which the document was signed. Next, the Testator must enter their Name, the current Date, and their Signature.

Step 3 – The Witnesses are required to provide their Names and Signatures onto the appropriate lines as highlighted in the image below.

Step 4 – After witnessing all three (3) Signatures, the Notary Public can enter the following information into the form:

  • Testator Name
  • Witnesses’ Names
  • Date
  • Notary Signature
  • Capacity of officer
  • Official seal