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
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
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.