2017 Colorado Revised Statutes
Title 12 - Professions and Occupations
General - Continued
Article 55 - Notaries Public
Part 1 - General Provisions
§ 12-55-112. Official signature - rubber stamp seal - seal embosser - notary's electronic signature

(1) At the time of notarization, a notary public shall sign his or her official signature on every notary certificate or, in the case of an electronic record, a notary public shall affix his or her electronic signature.

(2) Under or near his or her official signature on every notary certificate, a notary public shall clearly and legibly stamp his or her official seal. The official notary seal must be rectangular. The official notary seal shall contain only the outline of the seal and the following information contained within the outline of the seal:

(a) The printed legal name of the notary;

(b) The notary's identification number, the notary's commission expiration date, the words "STATE OF COLORADO"; and

(c) The words "NOTARY PUBLIC".

(2.3) The fact that a notary attests to an instrument relating to real property by affixing a notary seal that is not in compliance with this section does not render the instrument or the attestation invalid or ineffective, nor does it render a title unmarketable.

(2.5) A notary who obtained an official seal before August 8, 2012, may continue to use his or her seal until renewal of his or her notary commission.

(3) Repealed.

(4) A notary public shall not provide, keep, or use a seal embosser.

(4.5) In the case of notarization of an electronic record, the application of a notary's electronic signature in lieu of a handwritten signature and rubber stamp seal is sufficient. A notary shall not use an electronic signature unless:

(a) The notary uses a journal if maintaining the journal is required by section 12-55-111; and

(b) The notary attaches to the document a document authentication number issued by the secretary of state.

(5) The illegibility of any of the information required by this section does not affect the validity of a document or transaction.

(6) For purposes of this section, "notary certificate" means a certificate or other statement of a notary relating to a notarial act performed by the notary.

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