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Renewing your Commission 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.

Thanks for allowing the Notary Learning Center to help you in renewing your Notary Public commission.

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


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
  • Before becoming a notary or renewing your commission, you must carefully read the Notaries Public Handbook. You should also visit the Colorado Secretary of State website
  • Notary program rules require training and testing for new notary applicants and renewing notaries that have allowed their commission to lapse by more than 30 days. These applicants must submit proof of attendance at Approved Training and proof of passing the State of Colorado Online Notary Testing with the Application for Notary Public Commission and copy of acceptable ID
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Term of Office
4 years

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

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: Attend state approved notary training

For information on the education requirement and companies offering the required training please visit: Colorado approved notary training

Classes are also offered by the office of the Secretary of State but are subject to availability.

Step 2: Complete state online notary testing

The State of Colorado online notary exam tests your familiarity with Colorado Notary Law. It also tests your knowledge of the procedures and guidelines addressed in the required training program. The "open book" test should take approximately 30 minutes to complete. You can use either a PC or a Mac. We recommend that you have the most recent version of your browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) installed.

To schedule and take the exam online, get eLearning.

Once you have finished the test, close the testing window. You will now be able to click on the "Print" button on the right-hand side of your screen under the heading "Achievements." Once you have your certificate from the exam site, proceed to Step 3.

Step 3: Complete the online application process or print the application and submit according to the instructions

Access the Colorado Notary Application and fill out according to instructions.

If you are unable to, or prefer not to, use the online application form you can print the notary public application and other forms from the Notary Public Forms page.

Your signature in the Oath portion of the Application will need to be notarized. The Find a Notary feature from Notary Rotary, Inc., can be helpful in locating a notary in your area to help process your application.

Once you have completed the application according to instructions prepare it and copies of the following items to be mailed to the office of the Secretary of State with the appropriate filing fees.

  • Both sides of acceptable identification
  • Notary training certificate
  • Notary exam certificate
  • Mail all documents to:

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

    Remember that fees for eFiling are lower than fees for applications filled out by hand. Fee schedule.

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

    Step 4: 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 5: 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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