Requirements to Become a Notary Public in Colorado


Can anyone be a notary? Are there qualifications to be a notary? Potential students of our online Colorado notary class who want to know how to get a notary license often reach out to us to ask about the requirements to become a Colorado notary public. They don't want their application denied for not meeting one of them. The information in this post should help you with how to obtain a notary license so that you become a certified notary public.

There are administrative requirements (the things you must do) and qualifying or disqualifying requirements (things about you). The state of Colorado has specific qualifying or disqualifying requirements for notaries public because a notary public is appointed by the Secretary of State. To become a notary public in Colorado, you must first meet the following notary license requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States or otherwise lawfully present in the United States
  • You must be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in the state of Colorado
  • You must be able to read and write the English language
  • You must not be disqualified from receiving a commission under section 24-21-523 (I), including:
    • You must have never been convicted of a felony
    • Criminal convictions: You must not have been convicted of a misdemeanor involving dishonesty in the past five years. So no crimes involving moral turpitude.
    • You must have never had a notary commission revoked, and
    • You must have passed the Colorado notary exam after completing training.

If you meet the requirements, completing a Colorado notary training course is the first step toward meeting all administrative requirements to get your Colorado notary commission. Our state-approved online Colorado notary education course is the first step in becoming a Colorado notary public and will not only meet the state's requirement for notary education but will also teach you the rest of the administrative requirements along with how to perform notarial acts, including how to use your notary stamp so you can pass the state notary exam.

You can submit your Colorado notary application, course completion training certificate, and application fee after finishing our course.

Can a felon be a notary in Colorado?

No, someone with a felony offense cannot be a Colorado notary public.