Ever thought of becoming a notary? Here are the steps necessary to becoming one in Colorado. Notaries are regulated by the Colorado Secretary of State, so first click here to go the website. You will find a checklist of documents you will need before you can register with the Secretary of State.
- An affirmation signed by you in front of a notary. This form is provided on the website.
- Copy of an ID card, such as a driver’s license.
- Non-U.S. citizens must supply a permanent resident card or Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card.
- Training certificate from a state-approved trainer, issued in the last six months.
- Exam certificate.
To qualify to become a notary you must:
- Be a Colorado resident.
- Be 18 years of age or older.
- Be able to read and write the English language.
- Have Colorado addresses and telephone numbers for business and residence.
- Never have had a notary commission revoked.
- Never have been convicted of a felony or in the past five years, a misdemeanor involving dishonesty.
The Secretary of State offers online training and certification free through its e-learning notary training course, found here. You will be required to set up an account. Once you’ve enrolled, you can begin studying the free materials. You will find six modules to study. The estimated time of completion is a little over two hours. Once you’ve done this, you will be able to print your training certificate. Or you can take the training in a classroom. Click here for that information.
If you don’t want to use the secretary of state’s training class, you can go through an outside vendor. A list of approved training classes can be found here. Some of these are classroom setting, online, or a combination of the two.
Once you have finished your training, you need to take the exam. You will take that on the Secretary of State’s website, the link to which you can find here. Once you have passed the exam, you will be able to print completion certificate. You will take this and the other documents listed above and upload them to the Secretary of State website. Once you’re at the website, you’ll log in, submit the documents online and then wait for notification by email. Once you’ve received approval via email, you’ll print your commission certificate, obtain an official notary seal and a journal, and you are ready to begin notarizing!
Some of the training class vendors include the notary seal and journal with their course. Otherwise, you can find them at office supply stores like Office Depot.