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Hotline Tip: What Is A Foreign Commissioner Of Deeds?

What is a Foreign Commissioner of Deeds, and what do they do? – R.D., Pittsburgh, PA

A commissioner of deeds is appointed by the commissioning agency that oversees Notaries Public. They are authorized to take acknowledgements and oaths outside of their state, which will then be recorded within the state. Not all states appoint Commissioners of Deeds. In Pennsylvania, the commission of the last commissioner of deeds expired in 2008, six years after the position was abolished in 2002.

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Quiz: The Many Types Of Notarial Acts

Notaries perform many different duties for the public — and it’s easy to lose track of the different acts and what states they’re authorized in. Test your familiarity with common — and uncommon — notarial acts.

(A link to the correct answers is provided at the end of the quiz.)

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