Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 76A.djvu/197

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-101§ 723. By whom acknowledgments taken in foreign countries An instrument executed in a foreign country may be acknowledged before a diplomatic or consular officer or commercial agent of the United States accredited to it, or before an officer of the foreign country authorized to take acknowledgments. The signature and official character of the foreign officer shall be certified by a diplomatic, consular, or commercial official of the United States. § 724. Issuance of proper certificates The officers authorized to take acknowledgments pursuant to sections 721-723 of this title may issue proper certificates thereof. § 725. Notarial a c t s; armed forces (a) A commissioned officer of a component of the Army or Air Force of the United States on active duty in federal service with the Judge Advocate General's Department, a law specialist in the United States Navy and in the United States Coast Guard, a staff judge advocate or acting staff judge advocate, and the adjutant, assistant adjutant, personnel adjutant or commanding officer of a command; or A conunanding officer or executive officer of a ship, shore station or establishment and any officer of or above the rank of lieutenant, senior grade, on active duty with the Navy or Coast Guard of the United States; or An officer of or above the rank of captain on active duty with the United States Marine Corps— may administer and certify oaths or affirmations, attest documents, take acknowledgments, and perform all other notarial acts, for any person serving in or with the armed forces of the United States, wherever located within or without the Canal Zone or for the spouse of a member of the armed forces wherever located within or without the Canal Zone. (b) An instrument acknowledged by such an officer or an oath or affirmation made before him is not rendered invalid by the failure to state therein the place of execution or acknowledgment. An authentication of the officer's certificate of acknowledgment or of any jurat signed by him is not required but the officer taking the acknowledgment shall indorse thereon or attach thereto a certificate substantially in a form authorized by the laws of the Canal Zone or in the following form: On this the day of , 19__, before me , the undersigned officer, personally appeared known to me (or satisfactorily proven) to be serving in or with the armed forces of the United States (or to be the spoust of a member of the armed forces of the United States) and to be the person whose name is subscribed to the within instrument and axjknowledged that he executed the same. And the undersigned does further certify that he is at the date of this certificate a commissioned officer of the rank stated below and is in the active service of the armed forces of the United States.

Signature of ofiScer and serial number, rank, brancli of service and capacity in which signed.