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Signature Certification

Some forms require signature certification. That is, the customer's signature on these forms must be certified by a person who qualifies as a certifying individual.

Who qualifies as a certifying individual? Please see below.

Certification in the United States

For certifications within the United States, the certifying individual must be authorized to bind his or her institution by his or her acts, to guarantee signatures to assignments of securities, or to certify assignments of securities. The following table provides a list of authorized certifying individuals and the required evidence of authority. Members of Treasury-recognized signature guarantee programs are for security transfers only.

Who can certify signatures in the U.S. Evidence of certifying individual's authority
(1) Officers and employees of depository institutions, such as banks (i) We require the institution's seal or signature guarantee stamp.
(ii) If the institution is an authorized paying agent for U.S. Savings Bonds, we require a legible imprint of the paying agent's stamp.
(2) Institutions that are members of Treasury— recognized signature guarantee programs (for security transfers only) We require the imprint of the signature guarantee stamp, i.e., the STAMP, SEMP, or MSP stamp for members of the Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program, the Stock Exchanges Medallion Program, or the New York Stock Exchange Inc. Medallion Signature Program.
(3) Officers and employees of corporate central credit unions, Federal Land Banks, Federal Intermediate Credit Banks and Banks for Cooperatives, the Central Bank for Cooperatives, and Federal Home Loan Banks We require the entity's seal.
(4) Commissioned or warrant officers of the United States Armed Forces, for signatures executed by Armed Forces personnel, civilian field employees, and members of their families (i) We require a statement that the person executing the assignment is one whose signature the officer is authorized to certify under our regulations.
(ii) The certifying official's rank must be shown.
(5) A judge or clerk of the court We require the seal of the court.
(6) Other persons as designated by the Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner of Fiscal Service Evidence is determined by our procedures.

Certification outside the United States

The following table lists the authorized certifying individuals for foreign countries and the required evidence of the individual's authority.

Who can certify signatures outside the U.S. Evidence of certifying individual's authority
(1) United States diplomatic or consular officials (i) We require the seal or stamp of the office.
(ii) If there is no seal or stamp, then we require certification by some other authorized individual, under seal or stamp.
(2) Managers and officers of foreign branches of U.S. depository institutions and institutions that are members of Treasury-recognized signature guarantee programs (for security transfers only) We require the seal of the depository institution, or the imprint of the signature guarantee stamp, i.e., the STAMP, SEMP, or MSP stamp for members of the Securities Transfer Agents Medallion Program, the Stock Exchanges Medallion Program, or the New York Stock Exchange Incorporated Medallion Signature Program.
(3) Notaries Public and other officers authorized to administer oaths, provided their authority is certified by a United States diplomatic or consular official (i) We require the official seal or stamp of the office.
(ii) If there is no seal or stamp, the position must be certified by some other authorized individual, under seal or stamp, or otherwise proved to our satisfaction.