What is a Notary Public?
A notary public is a public official commissioned by the state of Colorado. According to the Colorado Secretary of State, it is a notary public’s duty “… to be a neutral witness to the signing of documents.” A notary public may also administer oaths and affirmations.
Can anyone be a Notary Public?
No. In Colorado, to be a notary public you must:
- Be a resident of Colorado.
- Be at least 18 years old.
- Have a clean background check that proves you have never been convicted of a felony and that you haven’t been convicted of a misdemeanor that involves dishonesty within the last five years.
- Be able to read and write the English language.
- Attend a state-approved notary training and pass the online notary testing.
What is a Certified Loan Signing Agent?
A certified loan signing agent is a notary public who has passed additional training in both real estate and loan documentation. To be a certified loan signing agent, the notary public must also pass an exam administered by an industry-leading organization such as the National Notary Association.
Why do I need my documents to be notarized?
Getting a document notarized helps to prevent fraud because the notary public cannot notarize the document without first making sure that the signer is who he or she claims to be. The notary public also makes sure the signer understands what he or she is signing and isn’t being forced to sign something he or she does not want to.
Can I leave blank spaces on my document and still have it notarized?
No. Your document should be completely filled out before you have it notarized. If you have any spaces that are meant to be left blank, simply draw a line through that area or write, “N/A.” A notary public requires that all blanks be filled in prior to notarization in an effort to prevent fraud.
Can I fax a copy of my document and have you notarize it?
Yes and no. While I can’t notarize a document that has been signed prior to faxing it, you can fax the document to me. I will then meet you with the copy of the document for you to sign, which I will then notarize.
Do I need to provide identification for you to notarize my document?
Yes. As a notary public, I must be sure you are who you say you are. Please bring an appropriate form of identification. Some popular forms are driver’s licenses, passports, and military ID’s.