August 23, 2019

Changes to Colorado Notary Law Effective in August

On August 8, 2012, changes to the notary law become effective. Colorado notaries are responsible for complying with these new standards. Important changes include:

  • JOURNAL REQUIREMENTS – A journal book will be required to contain the type and date of the notarial act, the title or type of document being notarized, the name, address and signature of the person signing, and the name, address, and signature of each witness to the notarization.
  • SEAL STANDARDS– The notary seal standards have changed. Renewing notaries will be required to obtain and use a seal that conforms to new standards.  The new seal standards require:
    • A rectangle rubber ink stamp.
    • The stamp must contain within the outline the notary’s printed legal name, the words ‘Notary Public,’ the words ‘State of Colorado,’ the notary’s 11-digit ID number, and the notary’s commission expiration date.
  • Currently commissioned notaries may continue using seals obtained before August 8, 2012 until renewal of their commission. 

HB 12-1274 outlines the changes to the notary law and can be reviewed in its entirety here.

Contact the Colorado Secretary of State’s office if you have questions or need additional information about the standards.  More information is on their website. Questions can be directed to them at or call (303) 894-2200 ext. 9500.