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Becoming a Notary Public has never been easier. All of your State's Contact Information is listed for your reference and review. Scroll down and you will find your State's Qualifications and easy to follow Application Procedures.

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Because the qualifications and requirements are different for each state, use the "Select another State" menu above for information specific to becoming a Notary Public in that State.

Contact Information:

State Contact: Colorado Secretary of State
Appointing Authority: Secretary of State

Notary Public Office:
Colorado Secretary of State, Notary Program
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290

Telephone: 303-894-2200 Ext.9500
E-Mail: notary@sos.state.co.us
Website: www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/notary/notaryHome.html

Qualifications

Applicants for the office of notary public must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Be a resident of the State of Colorado
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Be familiar with Colorado notary law
  • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty, as defined in C.R.S. 12-55-102(1.4), during the last five years
  • Have not had a felony conviction in your lifetime, or never had a notary commission revoked

Term of Office
4 years

Appointment
Office of Secretary of State

Notary Education
State of Colorado administered or approved vendor training

Notary Exam
State of Colorado Online Notary Exam

Study Course
"Notary Public Education Course" (this is not the state approved training course)
FREE when you purchase a Notary Supply Package at The Notary's Store

Bond
Not required by state law

Seal of Office
Retangular Rubber Stamp Seal with reproducible ink required by state law.

Notary Journal
Required by state law

E & O insurance
Not required - Errors and Omissions Insurance is recommended for notary protection


Application Procedures

Step 1: Download the Colorado Notary Application Form, Instructions Page and Law Primer

Before becoming a notary or renewing your commission, you must carefully read the Notaries Public Act (Title 12, Article 55, and Colorado Revised Statutes, Parts I and II).

The application form, instruction sheet and legal primer needed to become a Colorado notary public are available for download here: Colorado Notary Application, Instructions and Law

Print all of the documents, and then read the law. If you meet the qualifications and have read and understood the law, the next step is to complete the notary application.

You will need to make arrangements to have a notary public take your acknowledgment under oath or affirmation that the information provided in the application is true. The Notary Search feature from Notary-services.com can be helpful in contacting a notary public. Simply click the link below, enter your home ZIP code and click search for a list of notaries public in your area: Click here Notary Search

Make sure that the notary fills in the notarial certificate, applies his or her notary signature and places the commission expiration date and notary seal on the application. Check that the notary's signature matches the seal. The Secretary of State rejects many applications because the certifying notary's signature does not match the notary's seal.

Fill out the application completely following all instructions carefully, any errors on the application will delay processing. Please do not hesitate to contact the office of the Secretary of State of Colorado at 1-303-894-4871, if any questions should arise once you have reviewed the law.

Please be advised that the information you provide on your application becomes public information.

Step 2: Prepare and send application materials to the Colorado Secretary of State

The items you will need to send to the Colorado Secretary of State include the following:

  • The application form, completed according to the instructions provided
  • A photocopy of both sides of your identification, appropriate identification includes:
    • Colorado driver's license or Colorado non-driver identification card
    • U.S. Armed Forces identification card or a U.S. Armed Forces Dependent identification card
    • U.S. Merchant Mariner card issued by the U.S. Coast Guard
    • Native American Tribal identification card
  • A check in the amount of $20.00 made payable to "Secretary of State"
Once you have collected these items and verified they are completely and correctly filled out, send the package to the Colorado Secretary of State's office at the following address:

Colorado Secretary of State, Devision of Licensing and Enforcement
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290

Step 2: Option for Faster Processing:

You can follow all the steps above except for sending your check to the Secretary of State. After mailing your application documents in our office, you can file electronically and save $15. The cost for E-filing is only $5.00.

New and Renewing Notary Packages
New and Renewing Notary Packages
Renewing Notary Packages do not come with a notary journal

Step 3: Receive your Colorado Notary Commission information from the Secretary of State and order your official Colorado Notary Seal and other necessary supplies from The Notary's Store

Once you have received your Notary Commission Certificate, please visit The Notary's Store, you will be entering the Colorado section for your notary supplies. We offer both a New Notary Supply Package and a Renewing Notary Supply Package which include your required Colorado Notary Seal/Stamp and Colorado Notary Journal, and other needed notary supplies at a special reduced price. To order, enter the required information and scroll down through the page to locate the notary packages, or you can purchase your notary supplies separately. Follow the onscreen instructions through checkout and your supplies will be sent to you as soon as your order is processed, and will be shipped in approximately 2-3 business days.

Note: An Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy is not required by law, but may be purchased as it protects the notary public and pays for any charges the notary might owe for legal fees and costs should the notary be sued.

Step 4: Receive supplies from The Notary's Store and begin your career as a Colorado Notary Public

When your order from The Notary's Store arrives in the mail, inspect your supplies to be certain the information is correct. You will then be able to complete notarial acts as allowed by Colorado state law.


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