Code of the District of Columbia

§ 20–102. Verification.

(a) When a writing is required by this title to be verified, verification shall be sufficient if the writing is signed by the person required to make the verification and contains the following representation:

“I do solemnly declare and affirm under penalty of law that the contents of the foregoing document are true and correct to the best of my knowledge, information, and belief.”

(b) Any person who in making a verification under this section willfully and contrary to the verification states any material matter that such person does not believe to be true shall be guilty of an offense. Any person convicted of this offense shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than 2 or more than 10 years.

(c) In addition to any other penalty provided under this section, a person may be fined an amount not more than the amount set forth in [§ 22-3571.01].


(June 24, 1980, D.C. Law 3-72, § 101, 27 DCR 2155; June 11, 2013, D.C. Law 19-317, § 302, 60 DCR 2064.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 20-102.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 20-905.

Effect of Amendments

The 2013 amendment by D.C. Law 19-317 added (c).

Cross References

Presentation of claims, see § 20-905.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 302 of the Criminal Fine Proportionality Emergency Act of 2013 (D.C. Act 20-45, April 1, 2013, 60 DCR 5400, 20 DCSTAT 1300).

Editor's Notes

Applicability of D.C. Law 19-317: Section 401 of D.C. Law 19-317 provided that the act shall apply only to offenses committed on or after June 11, 2013.