An Affidavit of Eligibility affirms the acceptability of an individual who has won a contest or sweepstakes. When claiming a prize in a contest, the contest winner must submit an Affidavit of Eligibility proving the affiant is eligible to win under the contest rules.
The Affidavit of Eligibility verifies facts needed by the sponsor of the contest including the name, address, age, identification, employment, and residency of the winner of the contest. An Affidavit of Eligibility must be signed, an oath made, and sworn before a notary public before returning the document to the contest sponsor.
Major prize winners are often asked to sign an Affidavit of Eligibility confirming their identity and eligibility in the sweepstakes. Employees of the sponsoring companies, minors without parental consent, immediate families of contest sponsors, and contest processors are not eligible to win and the sponsors want proof of who you are.
When claiming prizes of more than five hundred dollars, winners must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility indicating they are not an employee or an immediate relative of an employee of a sponsoring company. Winners must be located and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility within thirty days or sponsors select alternate winners.
An Affidavit of Eligibility sometimes includes sections stating that taxes are the responsibility of the winner and a place granting the sponsor permission to use the name and likeness of the winner in promotions.
Affidavits of Eligibility are also used to state the eligibility of persons wanting to get married, dependent children when receiving benefits from institutions or programing, and applicants when signing up for insurance policies.