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How to Become a Notary in the State of Colorado

by American Association of Notaries
Do you want to become a notary in the State of Colorado? The information listed below will guide you step-by-step to become a Colorado notary.

To become a Colorado notary, a notary applicant must:

1. Be a resident of the State of Colorado
2. Be 18 years of age or older
3. Never have been convicted of a felony
4. Not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty in the past five years
5. Be able to read and write in the English language
6. Never have had a notary commission revoked

If you meet the above qualifications, you can apply to become a Colorado notary by:

1. Signing the Affirmation for Appointment and Commission as a Notary Public form and having it notarized
2. Taking a training course from a state-approved trainer
3. Successfully completing the Colorado Secretary of State's notary exam
4. Completing an online Colorado notary public application on the Secretary of State's website
5. Uploading your Affirmation form, scanned images of both side of your ID, training certificate, and exam certificate on the Secretary of State's website
6. Paying the $10.00 notary public application fee
7. Waiting for the Secretary of State's email with your application approval and your account log in information
8. Logging in to your account on the Secretary of State's website and printing out your Colorado notary public commission certificate


How can I start the Colorado notary application process to become a Colorado notary?

To become a Colorado notary, please follow the instructions listed on the previous section on "How to become a Colorado notary". Click here for more information on how to become a Colorado notary, and read our Colorado law section. More information can found at the Colorado Secretary of State's website.

How do I renew my Colorado notary commission?

Renewing your Colorado notary commission requires you to complete an online application again, but the Affirmation for Appointment and Commission as a Notary Public form is not required. If your Colorado notary public commission has been expired more than thirty days, you'll have to reattend an approved training course and retake the online exam.

When can I renew my Colorado notary commission?

You can renew up to ninety days before your commission expiration date.

How much does it cost to become a Colorado notary?

To become a Colorado notary, you'll have to pay a notarization fee to have the Affirmation for Appointment and Commission as a Notary Public form completed by a notary public. You must also take a state-approved training course. We have a Colorado notary online course available for $25.00 at http://www.becomeanotarypublic.com/nc/colorado-notary-course/. Another fee that is required is the $10.00 filing fee for the Colorado Secretary of State to process your notary application. You also need a Colorado notary stamp and Colorado notary record book or journal (prices vary depending on the items you select). Please visit http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-stamps/colorado/ for notary stamps and supplies.

How long it takes to become a Colorado notary public?

The amount of time it takes for an applicant to become a Colorado notary depends on when the applicant completes the notary public training, the Secretary of State's notary exam, the Affirmation for Appointment and Commission as a Notary Public form, and the notary application. If your online notary application is completed correctly, it usually takes three to five business days for the Colorado Secretary of State to process the notary application and email you a confirmation indicating whether you've been approved as a Colorado notary.

How long does a Colorado notary commission last?

Colorado notary terms lasts four years. To verify when your term begins and ends, you'll have to look at the effective and expiration dates on the Colorado notary public commission certificate you received from the Secretary of State when you became a notary. To continue performing notarial acts as a Colorado notary after your current expiration date, you'll have to renew your commission on the Secretary of State's website at http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/notary/home.html.

Do I need to purchase a Colorado notary bond?

The Secretary of State doesn't require a notary to be bonded.

Do I need to purchase a Colorado notary errors and omissions (E&O) policy?

The Colorado notary errors and omissions (E&O) insurance policy is optional but highly recommended. To protect yourself as an Colorado notary, you need to purchase a Colorado errors and omissions (E&O) policy. This policy covers any unintentional errors or omissions made by the notary. It is very affordable and covers you even if a claim is invalid. We offer E&O policies at http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-bond-insurance/colorado/.

Do I need to purchase a Colorado notary stamp? What notary supplies do I need when I become an Colorado notary?

When becoming a Colorado notary, to perform notarial acts in the state of Colorado, you need at a minimum a Colorado notary stamp and a Colorado notary record book. The Colorado record book is also referred to as a journal. A Colorado notary stamp must meet at a minimum the following requirements:

1. Make an inked impression
2. Be rectangular in shape
3. Include an outline or border
4. Include the notary's name
5. Include the words "Notary Public"
6. Include the words "State of Colorado"
7. Include the notary's ID number
8. Include the notary's commission expiration date

How do I order a Colorado notary stamp and record book?

Please go to http://www.notarypublicstamps.com/notary-stamps/colorado/ to order your Colorado notary supplies. All our notary stamps and notary supplies come with a life-time replacement guarantee, are made in-house, and are shipped in one business day.

How can I train to become a Colorado notary?

The Secretary of State's website has a Notary Handbook for download at http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/notary/home.html. We also have a state-approved Colorado online notary course available at http://www.becomeanotarypublic.com/nc/colorado-notary-course/.

Click here to learn more about how to become a Colorado notary.
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