’s “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility”

“Affidavit of Non-Responsibility” Cobb County (Click to enlarge)

This is a sample of an “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility provided by There are several variations of this “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility” since services many different cities, counties, and municipalities across different states. The ones I have seen contain similar elements and language.

I refer to this “affidavit” as a “self-incrimination affidavit” or a “family (or friend) incrimination affidavit”. I also refer to this as the “affidavit scam”.

The reason for that is without this Affidavit of Non-Responsibility, no driver can positively or definitively identified as the driver of the car. The registered owner of a car is simply PRESUMED to be the driver that committed a purported traffic violation. (Guilty until proven innocent.) It is an ASSUMPTION, not an established fact.

“Affidavit of Non-Responsibility” Marietta GA (Click to enlarge)

It is especially laughable when notices are sent to registered owners of cars that belong to a city, county, agency, or corporation. A city, county, agency, or a corporation cannot be a driver of any car. Only an employee of a city, county, or a corporation can be a driver.

But assuming that a private individual is the registered owner of a car, that does not mean he/she drove the car. Or how about a car that is registered to two (or more) individuals such as a husband and wife? Two different people cannot drive a car at the same time. As such, both people cannot be simultaneously responsible for any single traffic violation. Further, what if a couple’s child or friend drove the car?  It is very problematic.

Normally, a prosecutor and a law enforcement officer would have to do the work to prosecute and prove to a judge someone committed a traffic violation. But by filling out, signing, and notarizing the “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility”, someone is admitting and acknowledging they did receive a Notice of Violation. They are also voluntarily self-incriminating themselves or incriminating a friend or family member.

People should not be so quick to fill out this “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility” without thinking things through. They might actually provide much more information to law enforcement and the courts than they could have gotten on their own if they just left it alone.

There are pros and cons to filling out the “Affidavit of Non-Responsibility”. But I see many more “cons” than “pros” in doing so. The affidavit is a “scam” in that it does more harm than good for notice recipients. It is like luring a fly to a spider’s web.


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  1. I sold the car,the new owner made the violation because he has not registerd the car,how do I proceed

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