State Information for Colorado

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Colorado Notary Requirements

Colorado Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a resident of Colorado or have a place of employment in the state;
• be a citizen or legal resident of the U.S.;
• be able to read and write English;
• not be disqualified under CO 24-21-523 (click here)

How to Apply to Become a Colorado Notary
See detailed information on the website of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Appointing Officer
Secretary of State

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
• Education course and exam required, new and renewing Notaries.
• Effective 12-31-20, Secretary of State may require training and/or exam for Remote Online Notaries.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not required.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
• Recordbook required, paper and electronic notarial acts. Format may be paper or electronic. Paper recordbook must be permanently bound with numbered pages.
• Electronic recordbook must be in a permanent, tamper-evident format complying with any rules of the Secretary of State.
• Effective 12.31.20, a Remote Online Notary performing remote notarizations must record each such act in an electronic journal and must create an audio-video recording of each remote notarization communication session, subject to conditions specified in statutes (and any administrative rules).

Notary Seal Requirement
Authorized Duties
• Oaths/affirmations;
• verifications on oath or affirmation, acknowledgments and proofs;
• certify copies;
• witness or attest signatures;
• take depositions and affidavits;
• note protests.
• Effective 12-31-20, a Remote Online Notary may notarize for a remotely located individual, using communication technology and subject to requirements and limitations in statutes and any administrative rules.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Colorado Secretary of State:

Contact Information for the State of Colorado

Colorado State Notary Website

State of Colorado Notary Verification

State of Colorado Notary FAQs

Phone Number
(303) 894-2200

Mailing Address
Colorado Secretary of State
Business and Licensing Division
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290

Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(303) 894-2200, option 2

Further Information

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