Online notarization in Colorado: Get your document notarized today

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Is Online Notarization Legal in Colorado?

Yes. Remote Online Notarization (RON) services are legal in Colorado for notaries that are commissioned to practice online notarization.

Remote Notarization in Colorado became legal in December 31, 2020. Senate Bill 20-096 made the practice legal after many notaries in the state had spent the preceding year providing remote online notarization services under temporary authorization, due to COVID-19. 

In addition to a traditional notary commission, notaries need to pass a RON training course and exam while also applying for a separate online notary commission. 

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Approved RON vendors in Colorado

PandaDoc Notary
Black Knight Origination Technologies, LLC
Blend Labs, Inc.
Blue Notary LLC
Cyberize It, LLC
Digital Delivery, Inc.
DocMagic, Inc
DocuSign, Inc.
eNotaryLog, LLC
Epic River Healthcare, Inc
Nexsys Technologies LLC
Notarize, Inc.
NotaryCam, Inc.
NotaryLive.com
Pavaso, Inc.
SIGNiX
SIMPLIFILE LC
Stavvy, Inc.

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How does online notarization work in Colorado?

To receive online remote notarization in Colorado, there are certain requirements that must be met to be considered valid.

What types of notarizations are permitted online in Colorado?

Remote online notaries in Colorado are able to notarize any documents that are normally permitted under the state’s Revised Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (RULONA). These notarial acts include notarizing the following types of documents:

  • Taking acknowledgments: An official acknowledgment from a signer to a notary that a document has been willingly signed. 
  • Witnessing signatures: A notary appears to verify the identity of a document signer and witness the signing. 
  • Administering an oath or affirmation: A solemn promise of truthfulness by a signer or witness.
  • Taking verification on an oath or affirmation: A notary witnesses an oath or affirmation that the contents of the document being signed are true.
  • Certifying a copy of a record: A notary certifies that a copy of a document is true and accurate.

Requirements for Remote Online Notarization (RON) in Colorado

In addition to obtaining a traditional notary commission, notaries need to take a specialized remote notarization training course. Upon finishing the course, they need to pass an exam to receive a certification of completion. Proof of this certification will be required at the time of their RON application. 

To prevent fraud and ensure a notarization’s validity online, remote notaries in Colorado will need to contract with an approved RON technology provider. Before meeting with notaries using audio-visual technology, signers must go through an identity verification process. This will include passing through a knowledge-based authentication (KBA) and having their documents analyzed for fraud. The notary will then confirm the identity of the signer a third time when they meet online for the signing. 

The state of Colorado requires that notaries use one of their approved platforms to perform the notarial act. Some of the companies that offer these platforms for RON services include LiveNotary, Digital Delivery, NotaryCam and Notarize.

The Secretary Of State requires that online notaries disclose to signers that the notarization act will be recorded and saved. The signers will then have to consent to both conditions. At the time of the notarial act, the notary is required to recite the following information to be recorded and saved:

  • Their name.
  • The date and time that the notarization is taking place.
  • A description of the notarization act taking place.
  • The names of the signers, as well as any witnesses.
  • The method by which the notary has verified the signer’s identities. 

At the time of the signing, signers must declare for the record that their signature was knowingly and voluntarily made.

What do I need to notarize a document online in Colorado?

To use online remote notarization in Colorado, there are a series of steps you will have to follow to ensure the notarization is valid. You should first contact your county recorder to guarantee that they accept electronically signed and notarized documents. 

Using an online notary is quicker and cheaper than using traditional notary services. It also provides a greater level of security against fraud protection. Let’s take a look at the process in more detail to better understand these benefits.

Colorado requirements for when appearing before an online notary

Online notarization makes it easier than ever to appear before a notary. Rather than having to schedule a place and time to meet with a traditional or mobile notary service in advance, the notary and signers can all be in different locations. 

While an online notary in Colorado is required to perform their duties within the state boundaries, the signers can appear for the notarization from anywhere in the world. By allowing signers and notaries to appear via video conference for a notarization, RON makes appearing faster, safer, and easier than traditional notarization.  

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FAQ

If I notarize a document online in Colorado, will it be recognized by other states?

Yes. Online notarial acts performed in Colorado will generally be recognized by other states, including ones that have not yet adopted RON law. While the specifics may vary depending on the other state’s requirements, established precedents have set forth that notarial acts carried out within compliance with the applicable state RON law can be recognized as valid across state lines. 

Do the signers have to be physically located in Colorado to receive services from a Colorado online notary?

The signers of the document do not need to be physically located within the boundaries of the state of Colorado at the time of notarization. To provide online remote notarization in Colorado, however, the notary must be physically located within the state boundaries.   

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