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Part 700. Procedures Governing Access to and Certification of Registration Records Maintained by NFA
RULE 702. CERTIFICATION OF THE AUTHENTICITY OF REGISTRATION RECORDS MAINTAINED BY NFA.
[Adopted effective April 4, 1988. Effective dates of amendments: September 21, 1993 and May 31, 2002.]
(a) Designation of Custodian and Deputies. The President shall designate an NFA employee to serve as the NFA Record Custodian ("Custodian"). The President also may designate one or more NFA employees to serve as Deputy NFA Record Custodians ("Deputies"). The Custodian and the Deputies shall be responsible for maintaining all registration records in NFA's possession and shall be the legal custodians of these registration records.
(b) Authority of Custodian and Deputies. The Custodian, each of the Deputies, or in their absence, any NFA employee designated by the President, the Custodian or one of the Deputies, is authorized to certify in writing the authenticity of registration records in NFA's possession for purposes of any judicial or administrative proceeding. The Custodian, each of the Deputies or any designated employee also is authorized to certify in writing as to the maintenance and completeness of the registration records in NFA's possession, as well as the thoroughness of NFA's search for requested documents, for purposes of any judicial or administrative proceeding.
(c) Effectiveness of Certification. This written certification shall be effective when executed by the Custodian, one of the Deputies or any designated employee.
(d) Content of Certification. The written certification shall include that, pursuant to Commission authorization, the Custodian has and maintains legal custody of the official registration records that are the subject of the certification.