PRINTER'S NO. 1551
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY GRELL, CUTLER, FABRIZIO, TALLMAN, KAUFFMAN, MARSICO, M. K. KELLER, GROVE, SANTARSIERO, GIBBONS, MILLER, MURT, MILNE AND MATZIE, APRIL 22, 2013
REFERRED TO COMMITEE ON JUDICIARY, APRIL 22, 2013
1Amending Titles 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) and 57
2(Notaries Public) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes,
3enacting uniform laws on attestation in the areas of unsworn
4foreign declarations and notarial acts; making editorial
5changes; making related repeals; and abrogating a regulation.
10§ 327. Oaths and acknowledgments.
11(a) General ability.--Each judicial officer, each clerk of
12court, each retired or senior judge and such other personnel of
13the system and jurors as may be designated by or pursuant to
14general rules may administer oaths and affirmations and take
15acknowledgments. An acknowledgment may be taken by a member of
16the bar of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania if the document is
17thereafter certified to an officer authorized to administer
18oaths. Certification by an attorney shall be in accordance with
19[section 7(5) of the act of July 24, 1941 (P.L.490, No.188),
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8UNIFORM UNSWORN FOREIGN
116201. Short title.
146204. Validity of unsworn declaration.
156205. Required medium.
166206. Form of unsworn declaration.
176207. Uniformity of application and construction.
20§ 6201. Short title.
23§ 6202. Definitions.
27"Boundaries of the United States." The geographic boundaries
28of the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and any
29territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of
30the United States.
10(1) to execute or adopt a tangible symbol; or
22§ 6203. Applicability.
23This chapter applies to an unsworn declaration by a declarant
24who at the time of making the declaration is physically located
25outside the boundaries of the United States whether or not the
26location is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
27This chapter does not apply to a declaration by a declarant who
28is physically located on property that is within the boundaries
29of the United States and subject to the jurisdiction of another
30country or a federally recognized Indian tribe.
1§ 6204. Validity of unsworn declaration.
2(a) General rule.--Except as set forth in subsection (b), if
3a law of this Commonwealth requires or permits use of a sworn
4declaration, an unsworn declaration meeting the requirements of
5this chapter has the same effect as a sworn declaration.
6(b) Exception.--This chapter does not apply to:
7(1) a deposition;
8(2) an oath of office;
15§ 6205. Required medium.
19§ 6206. Form of unsworn declaration.
22I declare under penalty of perjury under the law of the
23Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that the foregoing is true
24and correct, and that I am physically located outside the
25geographic boundaries of the United States, Puerto Rico,
26the Virgin Islands and any territory or insular
27possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United
29Executed on the day of , ,
1(date) (month) (year)
2(city or other location, and state)
7§ 6207. Uniformity of application and construction.
13To the extent permitted by section 102 of the Electronic
14Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (Public Law 106-
15229, 15 U.S.C. § 7002), this chapter may modify or supersede
16provisions of that act.
20REVISED UNIFORM LAW ON NOTARIAL ACTS
22301. Short title.
25304. Authority to perform notarial act.
26305. Requirements for certain notarial acts.
27306. Personal appearance required.
28307. Identification of individual.
29308. Authority to refuse to perform notarial act.
30309. Signature if individual unable to sign.
1310. Notarial act in this Commonwealth.
2311. Notarial act in another state.
5313. Notarial act under Federal authority.
6314. Foreign notarial act.
7315. Certificate of notarial act.
8316. Short form certificates.
9317. Official stamp.
10318. Stamping device.
16322. Examination, basic education and continuing education.
18324. Database of notaries public.
19325. Prohibited acts.
20326. Validity of notarial acts.
22328. Notary public commission in effect.
23329. Savings clause.
24329.1. Fees of notaries public.
25330. Uniformity of application and construction.
28§ 301. Short title.
1§ 302. Definitions.
17(1) An entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere.
22"Department." The Department of State of the Commonwealth.
30"In a representative capacity." Acting as:
5(3) an agent or attorney-in-fact for a principal; or
11(1) taking an acknowledgment;
12(2) administering an oath or affirmation;
13(3) taking a verification on oath or affirmation;
14(4) witnessing or attesting a signature;
15(5) certifying or attesting a copy or deposition; and
16(6) noting a protest of a negotiable instrument.
21"Official stamp." A physical image affixed to or embossed on
22a tangible record or an electronic image attached to or
23logically associated with an electronic record. The term
24includes a notary seal.
25"Person." Any of the following:
30(2) A government or governmental subdivision, agency or
2(3) Any other legal or commercial entity.
6"Recorder of deeds." A county recorder of deeds or an
7official with similar duties and responsibilities. The term
8includes the commissioner of records of a county of the first
9class and the manager of the department of real estate of a
10county of the second class.
11"Secretary." The Secretary of the Commonwealth.
14(1) to execute or adopt a tangible symbol; or
19"Stamping device." Any of the following:
3§ 303. Applicability.
6§ 304. Authority to perform notarial act.
18(ii) being an officer, director or employee of a
19company that is a party to the notarized transaction,
20unless the director, officer or employee personally
21benefits from the transaction other than as provided
22under subparagraph (iii); or
27§ 305. Requirements for certain notarial acts.
1individual, all of the following:
6(b) Verifications.--A notarial officer who takes a
7verification of a statement on oath or affirmation shall
8determine, from personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of
9the identity of the individual, all of the following:
14(c) Signatures.--A notarial officer who witnesses or attests
15to a signature shall determine, from personal knowledge or
16satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual, all of
22(d) Copies.--A notarial officer who certifies or attests a
23copy of a record or an item which was copied shall determine
24that the copy is a complete and accurate transcription or
25reproduction of the record or item.
26(e) Negotiable instruments.--A notarial officer who makes or
27notes a protest of a negotiable instrument shall determine the
28matters set forth in 13 Pa.C.S. § 3505(b) (relating to evidence
30§ 306. Personal appearance required.
1If a notarial act relates to a statement made in or a
2signature executed on a record, the individual making the
3statement or executing the signature shall appear personally
4before the notarial officer.
5§ 307. Identification of individual.
6(a) Personal knowledge.--A notarial officer has personal
7knowledge of the identity of an individual appearing before the
8officer if the individual is personally known to the officer
9through dealings sufficient to provide reasonable certainty that
10the individual has the identity claimed.
11(b) Satisfactory evidence.--A notarial officer has
12satisfactory evidence of the identity of an individual appearing
13before the officer if the officer can identify the individual as
14set forth in any of the following paragraphs:
22(A) is current;
25(C) is satisfactory to the officer.
3§ 308. Authority to refuse to perform notarial act.
14(4) the physical appearance of the individual signing
15the record or statement substantially conforms to the
16photograph on a form of identification used to determine the
17identity of the individual.
21§ 309. Signature if individual unable to sign.
23§ 310. Notarial act in this Commonwealth.
26(1) A judge of a court of record.
29(3) Any of the following:
30(i) A recorder of deeds.
1(ii) A deputy recorder of deeds.
4(A) section 1 of the act of May 17, 1949
5(P.L.1397, No.414), entitled "An act authorizing the
6recorder of deeds in counties of the first class to
7appoint and empower clerks employed in his office to
8administer oaths and affirmations";
14(4) A notary public.
23(1) the signature is genuine; and
24(2) the individual holds the designated title.
25(c) Conclusive determination.--The signature and title of a
26notarial officer described in subsection (a)(1), (2), (3), (4)
27or (5) conclusively establish the authority of the officer to
28perform the notarial act.
29§ 311. Notarial act in another state.
30(a) Effect.--A notarial act performed in another state has
4(1) A notary public of that state.
12(1) the signature is genuine; and
13(2) the individual holds the designated title.
14(c) Conclusive determination.--The signature and title of a
15notarial officer described in subsection (a)(1) or (2)
16conclusively establish the authority of the officer to perform
17the notarial act.
20(a) Effect.--A notarial act performed under the authority
21and in the jurisdiction of a federally recognized Indian tribe
22has the same effect as if performed by a notarial officer of
23this Commonwealth if the act performed in the jurisdiction of
24the tribe is performed by any of the following:
25(1) A notary public of the tribe.
30(b) Prima facie evidence.--The signature and title of an
4(1) the signature is genuine; and
5(2) the individual holds the designated title.
10§ 313. Notarial act under Federal authority.
11(a) Effect.--A notarial act performed under Federal law has
12the same effect under the law of this Commonwealth as if
13performed by a notarial officer of this Commonwealth if the act
14performed under Federal law is performed by any of the
16(1) A judge, clerk or deputy clerk of a court.
28(1) the signature is genuine; and
29(2) the individual holds the designated title.
30(c) Conclusive determination.--The signature and title of an
4§ 314. Foreign notarial act.
7(1) This subsection applies to a notarial act:
16(c) Conclusive establishment.--If the title of office and
17indication of authority to perform notarial acts in a foreign
18state appears in a digest of foreign law or in a list
19customarily used as a source for that information, the authority
20of an officer with that title to perform notarial acts is
25(1) the signature is genuine; and
26(2) the individual holds the designated title.
27(e) Hague Convention.--
28(1) This subsection applies to an apostille which is:
7(ii) the officer holds the indicated office.
8(f) Consular authentications.--
20(ii) the officer holds the indicated office.
24§ 315. Certificate of notarial act.
26(1) A notarial act shall be evidenced by a certificate.
1(ii) be signed and dated by the notarial officer;
8(i) The notary must:
16(b) Official stamp.--
17(1) If a notarial act regarding a tangible record is
18performed by a notary public, an official stamp shall be
19affixed to the certificate near the notary's signature in a
20form capable of photographic reproduction.
21(2) If a notarial act is performed regarding a tangible
22record by a notarial officer other than a notary public and
23the certificate contains the information specified in
24subsection (a)(2)(ii), (iii) and (iv), an official stamp may
25be affixed to the certificate.
26(3) If a notarial act regarding an electronic record is
27performed by a notary public and the certificate contains the
28information specified in subsection (a)(2)(ii), (iii) and
29(iv) and (3), an official stamp may be attached to or
30logically associated with the certificate.
1(4) If a notarial act regarding an electronic record is
2performed by a notarial officer other than a notary public
3and the certificate contains the information specified in
4subsection (a)(2)(ii), (iii) and (iv), an official stamp may
5be attached to or logically associated with the certificate.
22(ii) a statutory provision other than this chapter.
23(d) Effect.--By executing a certificate of a notarial act, a
24notarial officer certifies that the officer has complied with
25the requirements and made the determinations specified in
26sections 304 (relating to authority to perform notarial act),
27305 and 306.
8(3) If the department has established standards under
9section 327 (relating to regulations) for attaching, affixing
10or logically associating the certificate, the process must
11conform to the standards.
12§ 316. Short form certificates.
13The following short form certificates of notarial acts are
14sufficient for the purposes indicated, if completed with the
15information required by section 315(a) and (b) (relating to
16certificate of notarial act):
17(1) For an acknowledgment in an individual capacity:
19County of .
20This record was acknowledged before me on
22by (name(s) of individual(s))
24Signature of notarial officer
27Title of office
28My commission expires:
29(2) For an acknowledgment in a representative capacity:
2This record was acknowledged before me on
4by (name(s) of individual(s))
6as (type of authority, such as officer or trustee)
12Signature of notarial officer
15Title of office
16My commission expires:
22This record was acknowledged before me on
24by (name of attorney)
25Supreme Court identification number
26as a member of the bar of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
27and a subscribing witness to this record and certified
28that he/she was personally present when (name(s) of
29individuals) executed the record and that (name(s) of
30individuals) executed the record for the purposes
2Signature of notarial officer
5Title of office
6My commission expires:
7(3) For a verification on oath or affirmation:
9County of .
10Signed and sworn to (or affirmed) before me on
12by (name(s) of individual(s))
14making statement .
15Signature of notarial officer
18Title of office
19My commission expires:
20(4) For witnessing or attesting a signature:
23Signed (or attested) before me on
25by (name(s) of individual(s))
27Signature of notarial officer
30Title of office
1My commission expires:
2(5) For certifying a copy of a record:
5I certify that this is a true and correct copy of a
6in the possession of .
8Signature of notarial officer..........................
11Title of office
12My commission expires:
13(6) For certifying the transcript of a deposition:
19Signature of notarial officer .........................
22Title of office:
23My commission expires:
24§ 317. Official stamp.
27(1) A notary public shall provide and keep an official
28seal, which shall be used to authenticate all the acts,
29instruments and attestations of the notary. The seal must be
30a rubber stamp and must show clearly in the following order:
1(i) The words "Commonwealth of Pennsylvania."
2(ii) The words "Notary Seal."
7(v) The date the notary's commission expires.
15§ 318. Stamping device.
21(2) On resignation of a notary public commission or on
22the expiration of the date set forth in the stamping device,
23the notary public shall disable the stamping device by
24destroying, defacing, damaging, erasing or securing it
25against use in a manner which renders it unusable.
1notary public or any person knowingly in possession of the
2stamping device shall render it unusable by destroying,
3defacing, damaging, erasing or securing it against use in a
4manner which renders it unusable.
5(b) Loss or theft.--If a stamping device is lost or stolen,
6the notary public or the personal representative or guardian of
7the notary public shall notify the department promptly upon
8discovering that the device is lost or stolen.
9§ 319. Journal.
13(b) Format.--A journal may be created on a tangible medium
14or in an electronic format. A notary public may maintain a
15separate journal for tangible records and for electronic
16records. If the journal is maintained on a tangible medium, it
17shall be a bound register with numbered pages. If the journal is
18maintained in an electronic format, it shall be in a tamper-
19evident electronic format complying with the regulations of the
24(1) The date and time of the notarial act.
1(5) If identity of the individual is based on
2satisfactory evidence, a brief description of the method of
3identification and any identification credential presented,
4including the date of issuance and expiration of an
6(6) The fee charged by the notary public.
10(e) Termination of office.--A notary public shall deliver
11the journal of the notary public to the office of the recorder
12of deeds in the county where the notary last maintained an
13office within 30 days of:
19(3) revocation of the commission of the notary public.
21(g) Death or incompetency.--On the death or adjudication of
22incompetency of a current or former notary public, the personal
23representative or guardian of the notary public or a person
24knowingly in possession of the journal of the notary public
25shall deliver it within 30 days to the office of the recorder of
26deeds in the county where the notary last maintained an office.
30(1) A journal and each public record of the notary
1public are exempt from execution.
4(3) A journal may not be:
11(a) Selection.--A notary public may select one or more
12tamper-evident technologies to perform notarial acts with
13respect to electronic records. A person may not require a notary
14public to perform a notarial act with respect to an electronic
15record with a technology that the notary public has not
17(b) Notice and approval.--
18(1) Before a notary public performs the initial notarial
19act with respect to an electronic record, a notary public
20shall notify the department that the notary public will be
21performing notarial acts with respect to electronic records
22and identify each technology the notary public intends to
24(2) If the department has established standards for
25approval of technology under section 327 (relating to
26regulations), the technology must conform to the standards.
27If the technology conforms to the standards, the department
28shall approve the use of the technology.
3(1) Be at least 18 years of age.
8(4) Be able to read and write English.
14(7) Comply with other requirements established by the
15department by regulation as necessary to insure the
16competence, integrity and qualifications of a notary public
17and to insure the proper performance of notarial acts.
18(b) Application.--An individual qualified under subsection
19(a) may apply to the department for appointment and commission
20as a notary public. The application must comply with all of the
24(2) Be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $42,
25payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This amount
26shall include the application fee for notary commission and
27fee for filing of the bond with the department.
28(3) Bear an endorsement as follows:
15(i) the amount of $10,000; or
16(ii) the amount set by regulation of the department.
18(3) The bond must:
23(iii) be in the form prescribed by the department.
1claimant under the bond.
5(d.1) Official signature.--
6(1) The official signature of each notary public shall
7be registered, for a fee of 50¢, in the "Notary Register"
8provided for that purpose in the prothonotary's office of the
9county where the notary public maintains an office within:
10(i) 45 days after appointment or reappointment; and
11(ii) 30 days after moving to a different county.
16(d.2) Recording and filing.--
17(1) Upon appointment and prior to entering into the
18duties of a notary public, the bond, oath of office and
19commission must be recorded in the office of the recorder of
20deeds of the county in which the notary maintains an office.
1(1) A commission to act as a notary public authorizes a
2notary public to perform notarial acts. If a notary public
3fails to comply with subsection (d.1) or (d.2), the notary's
4commission shall be null and void.
8§ 322. Examination, basic education and continuing education.
9(a) Examination.--An applicant for a commission as a notary
10public who does not hold a commission in this Commonwealth must
11pass an examination administered by the department or an entity
12approved by the department. The examination must be based on the
13course of study described in subsection (b).
14(b) Basic education.--An applicant under subsection (a)
15must, within the six-month period immediately preceding
16application, complete a course of at least three hours of notary
17basic education approved by the department. For approval, the
19(1) The course must cover the statutes, regulations,
20procedures and ethics relevant to notarial acts, with a core
21curriculum including the duties and responsibilities of the
22office of notary public and electronic notarization.
25(c) Continuing education.--An applicant for renewal of
26appointment and commission as a notary public must, within the
27six-month period immediately preceding application, complete a
28course of at least three hours of notary continuing education
29approved by the department. For approval, the following apply:
30(1) The course must cover topics which ensure
7§ 323. Sanctions.
8(a) Authority.--The department may deny, refuse to renew,
9revoke, suspend, reprimand or impose a condition on a commission
10as notary public for an act or omission which demonstrates that
11the individual lacks the honesty, integrity, competence or
12reliability to act as a notary public. Such acts or omissions
14(1) Failure to comply with this chapter.
22(4) A finding against, or admission of liability by, the
23applicant or notary public in a legal proceeding or
24disciplinary action based on the fraud, dishonesty or deceit
25of the applicant or notary public.
10(a.1) Administrative penalty.--The department may impose an
11administrative penalty of up to $1,000 on a notary public for
12each act or omission which constitutes a violation of this
13chapter or on any person who performs a notarial act without
14being properly appointed and commissioned under this chapter.
15(b) Administrative Agency Law.--Action by the department
16under subsection (a) or (a.1) is subject to 2 Pa.C.S. Ch. 5
17Subch. A (relating to practice and procedure of Commonwealth
18agencies) and Ch. 7 Subch. A (relating to judicial review of
19Commonwealth agency action).
23(d) Investigations and hearings.--
24(1) The department may issue a subpoena, upon
25application of an attorney responsible for representing the
26Commonwealth in disciplinary matters before the department,
27for the purpose of investigating alleged violations of the
28disciplinary provisions administered by the department.
6(e) Other enforcement authority.--The department may
7initiate civil proceedings at law or in equity to enforce the
8requirements of this chapter and to enforce regulations or
9orders issued under this chapter. In addition, the department
10may request the prosecution of criminal offenses to the extent
11provided by this chapter or as otherwise provided by law
12relating to notaries, notarial officers or notarial acts, in the
13manner provided by the act of October 15, 1980 (P.L.950,
14No.164), known as the Commonwealth Attorneys Act.
15(f) Criminal penalties applicable.--The following apply:
20(2) Falsely pretending to be a notary public or a
21notarial officer and performing any action in furtherance of
22such false pretense shall subject the person to the penalties
23set forth in 18 Pa.C.S. § 4913 (relating to impersonating a
24notary public or a holder of a professional or occupational
4§ 324. Database of notaries public.
12§ 325. Prohibited acts.
29(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to an attorney at law.
5(A) assist persons in drafting legal records;
6(B) give legal advice; or
7(C) otherwise practice law.
8(ii) If a notary public advertises or represents
9that the notary public offers notarial services, whether
10orally or in a record, including broadcast media, print
11media and the Internet, the notary public shall include
12the following statement, or an alternate statement
13authorized or required by the department, in the
14advertisement or representation, prominently and in each
15language used in the advertisement or representation:
16"I am not an attorney licensed to practice law in
17this Commonwealth. I am not allowed to draft legal
18records, give advice on legal matters, including
19immigration, or charge a fee for those activities."
20(iii) If the form of advertisement or representation
21is not broadcast media, print media or the Internet and
22does not permit inclusion of the statement required by
23this subsection because of size, it shall be displayed
24prominently or provided at the place of performance of
25the notarial act before the notarial act is performed.
26(2) Paragraph (1) does not apply to an attorney at law.
27(e) Original records.--Except as otherwise allowed by law, a
28notary public may not withhold access to or possession of an
29original record provided by a person that seeks performance of a
30notarial act by the notary public.
3§ 326. Validity of notarial acts.
4(a) Failures.--Except as otherwise provided in section
5304(b) (relating to authority to perform notarial act), the
6failure of a notarial officer to perform a duty or meet a
7requirement specified in this chapter does not invalidate a
8notarial act performed by the notarial officer.
9(b) Invalidation.--The validity of a notarial act under this
10chapter does not prevent an aggrieved person from seeking to
11invalidate the record or transaction which is the subject of the
12notarial act or from seeking other remedies based on Federal law
13or the law of this Commonwealth other than this chapter.
17§ 327. Regulations.
18(a) Authority.--Except as provided in section 329.1(a)
19(relating to fees of notaries public), the department may
20promulgate regulations to implement this chapter. Regulations
21regarding the performance of notarial acts with respect to
22electronic records may not require, or accord greater legal
23status or effect to, the implementation or application of a
24specific technology or technical specification. Regulations may:
30(3) Include provisions to ensure integrity in the
3(4) Prescribe the process of granting, renewing,
4conditioning, denying, suspending or revoking a notary public
5commission and assuring the trustworthiness of an individual
6holding a commission as notary public.
30§ 328. Notary public commission in effect.
1A commission as a notary public in effect on the effective
2date of this chapter continues until its date of expiration. A
3notary public who applies to renew a commission as a notary
4public on or after the effective date of this chapter is subject
5to this chapter. A notary public, in performing notarial acts
6after the effective date of this chapter, shall comply with this
8§ 329. Savings clause.
12§ 329.1. Fees of notaries public.
19(1) The fees of the notary shall be separately stated.
20(2) A notary public may waive the right to charge a fee.
21(3) Unless paragraph (2) applies, a notary public shall:
26(d) Presumption.--The fee for a notary public:
27(1) shall be the property of the notary public; and
1§ 330. Uniformity of application and construction.
7To the extent permitted by section 102 of the Electronic
8Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (Public Law 106-
9229, 15 U.S.C. § 7002), this chapter may modify or supersede
10provisions of that act.
11Section 3. Repeals are as follows:
15(2) The following acts and parts of acts are repealed:
16(i) Act of May 24, 1917 (P.L.270, No.147), entitled
17"An act to validate affidavits, acknowledgments, and
18other notarial acts, heretofore performed by notaries
19public of this Commonwealth within three months after the
20expiration of the time for which they have been
21commissioned to act."
22(ii) Act of March 14, 1919 (P.L.18, No.9), entitled
23"An act conferring upon judge advocates of the United
24States Army the powers of notaries public, declaring the
25effect thereof; validating notarial acts heretofore
26performed by judge advocates, and declaring the effect
1(iv) Act of June 1, 1933 (P.L.1150, No.286),
2entitled "A supplement to an act, approved May sixth, one
3thousand nine hundred and thirty-one (Pamphlet Laws,
4ninety-nine), entitled 'An act to amend section seven of
5the act, approved the fifth day of March, one thousand
6seven hundred and ninety-one (three Smith's Laws, six),
7entitled "An act to enable the Governor to appoint
8Notaries Public, and for other purposes therein
9mentioned," prescribing the form of notary seal,' by
10providing that the presence of the arms of this
11Commonwealth on the seal of a notary public reappointed
12after the effective date of the act to which this is a
13supplement, and prior to the effective date of this act,
14shall not invalidate said seal, or the notarial acts,
15instruments or attestations authenticated by such seal."
16(v) Act of May 25, 1939 (P.L.223, No.125), entitled
17"An act relating to the administration of oaths, by
18notaries public, magistrates, alderman and justices of
19the peace; and validating certain oaths heretofore
23(vii) Act of July 28, 1953 (P.L.676, No.211),
24entitled "An act authorizing acknowledgments and
25affidavits by persons on active duty with the armed
26forces of the United States before persons authorized by
27act of Congress to act as notaries public; and validating
28certain acknowledgments and affidavits."
1instruments, the attestation of documents, the
2administration of oaths and affirmations, the execution
3of depositions and affidavits, and other notarial acts,
4heretofore or hereafter taken before any commissioned
5officer of the armed forces of the United States, and
6providing that such instruments and documents executed by
7any person who is a member of or actually present with
8the armed forces of the United States or is outside the
9United States for certain purposes shall be legal, valid
10and binding, and providing for the form of the instrument
11or document and what proof shall be sufficient of the
12authority of such commissioned officer so to act."
22Section 4. Upon approval of courses under 57 Pa.C.S. §
23322(b) and (c), the Department of State shall transmit notice of
24the approval to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication
25in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.
26Section 5. This act shall take effect as follows:
1(ii) The addition of 57 Pa.C.S. §§ 327 and 329.1(a).
2(iii) Section 4 of this act.
3(iv) This section.