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Colorado Notary Information

(Information from the Colorado Secretary of State Website)

Applying and Renewing



How do I become a notary public in Colorado?

A1. Mail or deliver your notary application to the Secretary of State’s office with copies of:
Both sides of acceptable identification.
Notary training certificate.
Notary exam certificate.

Mail your documents to:

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

The filing fee can be paid online by credit or debit card. If you are not paying online, you can mail a check made payable to “Colorado Secretary of State”.

In person, same-day service is available. You must show identification with a home address that matches the address on the application. There is an additional expedite fee if you are not paying online. See the Fee Schedule.

Where can I get a notary application form?

Forms are available on the Notary Forms page.

If you are a new notary, see the New Notary page.

Renewing or former Colorado notaries, see the Renewing Notary page.

How long does it take for my application to be processed?

If you pay online, your application should be processed within 5 to 7 business days from the day your application is received in our office.

If you mail your application with payment by check, your paperwork should be processed within 2 business days.

When can I start notarizing documents?

You may begin notarizing documents when you receive your Notary Commission Certificate from the Secretary of State. You must have an official seal and a notary journal as well.

How do I renew my notary commission?

You can submit a renewal application up to ninety (90) days before your commission will expire. You must include a copy of an acceptable form of identification.

Mail all documents to:

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

Beginning May 1, 2010, new notaries or notaries whose commission expired more than 30 days ago must attend approved training and take an online examination. Attach (please use a paper clip) a copy of your ID, a certificate of completion for an approved notary training course, and a certificate of successful completion of the online notary exam to your application. If an application is submitted without these documents, it will be rejected.

The filing fee can be paid online by credit or debit card. If you are not paying online, you can mail a check made payable to “Colorado Secretary of State”.

In person, same-day service is available. You must show identification with a home address that matches the address on the application. There is an additional expedite fee if you are not paying online. See the Fee Schedule.

What do I do if my commission expired and I want to continue being a notary public?

First, register for online access.

If your commission expired more than thirty (30) days ago, you will have to attend a training class and take the notary exam. See the Renewing Notary page.

If your commission expired less than thirty (30) days ago, you can submit an application, a copy of an acceptable form of identification, and the application fee to the Secretary of State. When your application has been processed, you will be issued a new notary commission.

Mail all documents to:

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

Do not apply as a new notary if you have been a notary in Colorado before.

How do I sign up for notary training?

Training is available through approved vendors.

A few training classes are offered by the Secretary of State’s office each month. These classes have limited seating. Sign up for a class.

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