2017 Maryland Code
Title 19 - Acknowledgments
Subtitle 1 - Maryland Uniform Acknowledgments Act
§ 19-109. Authentication of acknowledgments
- (a) Within State or by officer of the United States. -- No authentication is necessary if the acknowledgment is:
- (1) taken within the State; or
- (2) made outside the United States by an officer of the United States.
- (b) In another state. --
- (1) No authentication is necessary if the acknowledgment is taken outside of the State, but within another state.
- (i) The certificate may, however, be authenticated by a certificate as to the official character of the officer that took the acknowledgment.
- (ii) If the officer that took the acknowledgment is a clerk or deputy clerk of a court, the authenticating certificate shall be executed by the presiding judge of the court.
- (iii) If the officer that took the acknowledgment is a notary public, the authenticating certificate shall be executed by a clerk of a court of record of the county, parish, or district in which the acknowledgment is taken.
- (iv) When the authenticating certificate bears the seal of the authenticating officer, the signature on the certificate may be a facsimile that is printed, stamped, photographed, or engraved on the certificate.
- (c) Outside the United States. -- If the acknowledgment is made outside the United States and by a notary public or a judge or clerk of a court of record of the country where the acknowledgment is made, the certificate shall be authenticated by:
- (1) a certificate under the great seal of state of the country, affixed by the custodian of the seal, certifying as to the official character of the officer; or
- (2) a certificate of a diplomatic, consular, or commercial officer of the United States accredited to that country, certifying as to the official character of the officer.
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