Notarize Spanish Document with Acknowledgment

Notarize Spanish Document with Acknowledgment

A Colorado notary may notarize a Spanish document.  A document does not need to be in English, but the customer must be able to communicate with the notary.

The ABC Legal Docs logonotary certificate attached to the Spanish document does not need to be in English, if the notary can read the notary certificate.  Otherwise, the notary will need to attach a notary certificate in English.

If the customer needs an Apostille (authentication) from the Secretary of State (SOS), the notary certificate must be in English.

Acknowledgment

An acknowledgment certificate is attached to an unsworn document.  The signer must acknowledge to the notary that he/she understands the purpose of the document, and is signing knowingly and willingly.  The notary verifies the identification of the signer, and should not notarize the document if the signer does not appear to be signing knowingly and willingly.

A common notarized document that uses an acknowledgment is a Power of Attorney (POA), or Carta de Poder or Poder de abogado in Spanish.

Below is the Colorado notary certificate form for an acknowledgment, in English and in Spanish.

Notario

Note: a Colorado notary public must not use the words notario or notario public unless the notary is also an attorney in Colorado.  So, in the Spanish document, the English words notary public are used, not notario publico.

State of Colorado
County of El Paso

The foregoing instrument was acknowledged before me this _____ day of __________, 20____, by ______________________________.
_________________________
Notary Public Signature
________________________
Notary Public Name
____________________
My commission expires:
(Notary Seal)

Estado de Colorado
Condado de El Paso

El instrumento anterior fue reconocido ante mí el día _____ de __________ de 20___, por ______________________________.
_________________________
Firma del Notary Public
________________________
Notary Public Nombre
_____________________
Mi comisión vence:
(Notary Seal)

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