Become a Colorado Notary

Abbreviation: CO   |   38th State   |   Statehood: August 1, 1876 |
To become a Colorado notary public, a person must meet all of the requirements listed below:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien
  • Be a legal resident of Colorado
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty in the past 5 years
  • Not have had a prior notary commission revoked
In order to receive a Colorado notary public commission, a person must:

  • Meet the eligibility requirements
  • Apply online (the Secretary of State no longer accepts paper documents) and attach scanned copies of (1) an affirmation (PDF) form that is signed and notarized; (2) both sides of an acceptable form identification; (3) a notary training certificate; (4) a notary exam certificate; (5) if the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, a copy of both sides of his or her permanent resident card or visa; and (6) a filing fee, which can be paid online by credit or debit card. To apply online, visit
  • Upon approval of the notary application, the Secretary of State will issue a certificate of authority, which must be recorded in any county of the state. The county clerk will issue a certificate that confirms the person is a notary public.
Non-Resident Colorado Notary:
Not permitted.
Colorado Notary Bond:
None required.
Notary Errors & Omissions Insurance:
Optional. A notary public is liable to any person for damages that result from his or her official misconduct. The American Association of Notaries strongly recommends that Colorado notaries public insure themselves against claims of negligence through the purchase of Notary Errors and Omissions insurance. Visit our website at for additional information, or call (800) 721-2663.
Filing Fee:
There is a $10 online filing fees for new and renewal notary applications.
Colorado Notary Term:
Four years.
Secretary of State
Notary Program
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, Colorado 80290
(303) 894-2200 & Press 4
Notary Commission Renewal:
A notary public may apply 90 days before the expiration of the current commission by completing an online renewal application form.
Required. It is mandatory that new applicants and inactive notaries complete a three-hour notary training course through an approved vendor and pass the notary exam provided by the Secretary of State. If a notary commission is expiring in the next 90 days or expired less than 30 days ago, renewing notaries do not have to retake a notary training course or take the notary exam. If a commission expired more than 30 days ago, renewing notaries will have to take another notary training course and the notary exam.
Colorado Notary Stamp/Notary Seal:

Type – rectangular ink stamp with a rectangular outline or border

Ink color – any color as long as the seal can be reproduced under photographic methods

Required elements - name of the notary public, the words “State of Colorado” and “Notary Public,” the notary’s ID number, and the notary’s commission expiration date. No other information can be placed within the border or outline of the inked stamp. A notary public shall not provide, keep, or use a seal embosser.

Record Book:
Required. If the notarized document is retained by the notary’s employer in the regular course of business, the notarial act does not need to be recorded in a notary journal; however, notaries are encouraged to record every notarial act in a notary journal. For Colorado notary supplies, contact the American Association of Notaries by calling (800) 721-2663 or visiting our website at
Notary Fees:
Notary fees are set by state law. A notary public is allowed to charge for each notarial act, but not more than:

  • Acknowledgments - $5.00
  • Oaths or affirmations - $5.00
  • Jurats - $5.00
  • Copy certifications - $5.00
  • Electronic signatures - $10.00
A Colorado notary has the authority to:

  • Take acknowledgments
  • Administer oaths or affirmations
  • Take depositions, affidavits, and verifications
  • Perform copy certification
Electronic Notarization:
Permitted. The State of Colorado has specific statutory and regulatory provisions regarding electronic notarization in effect pursuant to the Colorado Revised Statutes , Title 12, Article 55 Notaries Public, Section 12-55-106.5 and 8 CCR 1505-11 Rule 2.2 Electronic notarization. A notary must submit a notice of intent on the approved form and receive approval from the Secretary of State before electronically notarizing documents.
Address Change:
Required. A notary must notify the Secretary of State within 30 days on a prescribed form of any change in residence or business address. To download the Notary Public Change form, visit
Name Change:
Required. A notary must notify the Secretary of State within 30 days on a prescribed form of any changes made to the notary’s name. The notification must include a sample of the notary’s handwritten signature. To download the Notary Public Change form, visit
Required. A notary or his or her representative must notify the Secretary of State if death or resignation occurs during the term of appointment by completing and submitting a Notary Public Resignation form together with the notary journals and notary seal. To download the form, visit
Prohibited Acts:
A notary public may not:

  • perform acts which constitute the practice of law
  • use the phrase “notario” or “notario publico” to advertise notary services
  • advertise or promote himself as an immigration specialist or consultant
  • advise or assist another person in determining the person’s legal or illegal status for purposes of immigration matters
  • advise or assist another person in applying or selecting benefit, visa, or program related to immigration matters
  • advise or assist another person in completing forms related to immigration matters
  • demand or accept fees to assist in immigration matters
  • overcharge fees for notary services
  • notarize a document without the signer being present at the time of the notarization
  • notarize blank documents
  • certify to a copy of a recordable document
  • leave a notarial certificate incomplete
  • notarize a signature on a document unless the notary has established the identity of the signer by satisfactory evidence of identification
  • sign a document under any other name than his/her commission name
  • notarize a document that the notary has a financial/beneficial interest or is named as a party to the transaction
  • notarize his/her signature
  • notarize a document if the notary will receive directly from the notarized document a commission, fee, advantage, right, title, interest, cash, property, or other consideration exceeding the normal notarial fees
  • notarize photographs
  • use an electronic signature without a document authentication number
  • willfully violate the duties imposed by statute, or unlawfully use a notary journal, seal, electronic signature, or other papers or records relating to notarial acts
Criminal Offense:
A notary who knowingly and willfully commits official misconduct is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor. A notary public is prohibited from engaging in conduct that constitutes a deceptive trade practice pursuant to Section 6-1-727 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.
Notarial Certificates:
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Revised: July 2016

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