Notary Bulletin Hotline Tip: What Is A Foreign Commissioner Of Deeds? By NNA Staff on May 17, 2012 in Hotline Tips 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. Email Share Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.