FREQUENTLY 
ASKED QUESTIONS

Per State of Colorado

1.) What is a notary public?

A notary public is a person commissioned to serve the public as a neutral witness. A notary performs notarial acts that are allowed or required by law.

A notary is a verifier, an authenticator, an impartial agent for the state, a public recorder of acts, and an unbiased, official witness.

2.) What fees can a notary legally charge?

By Colorado law, the maximum fee allowed for a notarization is $5 per document and includes:

Receiving evidence of the signer’s identity,

Administering an oath or affirmation (if applicable), and

Applying the signature, notarial certificate, and stamp of the notary to the document.

The maximum fee for an electronic notarization is $10.

Other services, such as travel, late nights, weekends and holidays are itemized separately.

3.) What is required to have something notarized?

The signer must have a valid, non-expired government issued ID, be able to communicate directly with the notary, of sound-mind and coherent enough to understand what they are signing without outside assistance and the document must be in a language that the notary understands.


4.) Where can I report illegal, improper, or questionable acts by a notary public?

You can fill out the Notary complaint form (PDF) and email it to notary@sos.state.co.us.

Complaints must be submitted in writing.