Become a Colorado Notary Public

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Colorado Notary Commission Overview

The step-by-step process for becoming a notary public in the state of Colorado is detailed below. Once you are ready to shop for supplies, simply visit our store. As a national provider of notary supplies, notary bonds, insurance, and training, has pretty much everything you need to become a Colorado notary public.



How to Become a Notary Public in Colorado

Step-by-Step Instructions

How to Become a Colorado Notary Public

Step-by-step instructions to become a Colorado notary. For specific questions, scroll down to Additional Info.

Source: Colorado Secretary of State Notary Public FAQs.

Step 1: Complete state approved notary training and download the completion certificate.

Step 2: Complete the state online notary testing and download the completion certificate. 

Step 3: Apply and pay online. Attach scanned copies of:

  • Affirmation (PDF) form signed and notarized.
  • Acceptable identification.
  • Notary training certificate.
  • Notary exam certificate.
  • If you are not a U.S. citizen, a copy of both sides of your permanent resident card or visa.
  • $10 filing fee. The filing fee can be paid online by credit or debit card.

The Colorado Secretary of State provides free online training and examination. See the Notary Public Training page.

Step 4: Order/Obtain your Colorado Notary Supplies.

Requirements to Become a Notary Public in Colorado

"In Colorado, you can become a notary public if you:

  • Are 18 years of age or older,
  • Are a citizen or permanently legal resident of the United States or otherwise lawfully present in the United States,
  • Are a resident or have a place of employment or practice in Colorado,
  • Can read and write the English language,
  • Are not disqualified to receive a commission under section 24-21-523 (I) including:
    • Have never been convicted of a felony
    • Have not been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty in the past five years
    • Have never had a notary commission revoked, and
    • Have passed the Colorado notary exam after completing training."


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident or Employee
Stamp/Seal: Inked Stamp
Journal: Required
Application Fee: $10
Other: Mandatory education and state exam.

Colorado Department of State
1700 Broadway, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80290

Phone: 303-894-2200 & press 4

Colorado Notary FAQs


Do I have to have a notary stamp?

Yes. A Colorado notary stamp is required by state law.

What are the Colorado notary stamp requirements?

The stamp must be a rectangular ink stamp with a rectangular border. The border may be plain or decorative. Embossers cannot be used. Colorado state law does not specify a particular size or ink color. Inside the border it must say:

  1. Your name as it appears exactly on your certificate,
  2. The words "NOTARY PUBLIC",
  3. The words "STATE OF COLORADO",
  4. Your notary ID number, and
  5. Your commission expiration date.

No other information can be placed within the border. [24-21-517, C.R.S.]

Where can I find my Colorado notary ID number?

Your notary ID number is on your Colorado notary certificate below the date it was issued. Your notary ID should also have been sent to you in an email from the Secretary of State's office. Alternatively, you can search for yourself on Verify a Notary.

Do Colorado notaries need a journal?

Yes. Every notary must keep a record of every notarization, the exception being: If the original, copy, or electronic record of the document includes all of the information that would be entered in your journal; and is kept by your firm or employer, then you do not have to maintain a journal.

What information should I write down in my journal?

You must record at the time of the notarization: [24-21-519, C.R.S.]

1. The date and time of the notarial act.
2. The type of notarial act (oath, affirmation, acknowledgement, etc.),
3. Description or title of record (deed, POA, etc.),
4. Name and address of each individual signer and witness,
5. Signature of signer and any witnesses,
6. If the identity of the signer is based on personal knowledge, a statement to that effect,
7. If the identity of the signer is based on “Satisfactory Evidence,” a brief description of the method of ID (credible witness or acceptable ID) and the type of ID presented, and
8. Fee charged, if any.
9. Remote notarizations only: indicate the provider used in your electronic journal along with the above information.

Can I list multiple signers on one notarial certificate?

If multiple signers appear before the notary at the same time, the names may appear on the same certificate. Because there are multiple signers, separate entries must be made in the journal for each signer.