Most Common Complaints Against Notaries

Most Common Complaints Against Notaries

The Colorado Secretary of State regulates notaries in Colorado.  They publish a list of the most common signed complaints against Colorado notaries.

Colorado Notary LawThe most common problem on the list of complaints is that a document was notarized outside the physical presence of the signer.  Notaries must meet face to face with the document signer.  A solution is for the notary to take a thumbprint of the signer, providing evidence of the face to face meeting.

List of Common Complaints

2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
1 Notarized outside the presence of the signer 33% 48% 68% 75% 77% 69%
2 Miscellaneous 14% 20% 11%   5%   7%   2%
3 Notary certificate 12%   4%   3%   5%   4%   4%
4 Notary has disqualifying interest   6%   9%   3%   3%   7%   6%
5 Blank spaces in document   6%   6%   1%   3%   –   8%
6 Notary has criminal history   6%   4%   4%   2%   1%   –
7 Presence/journal   6%   1%   –   –   –   2%
8 No satisfactory evidence of ID   4%   3%   3%   3%   –   –
9 Unauthorized Practice of Law   4%   –   1%   1%   –   4%
10 Signer suffering from dementia   4%   1%   2%   –   –   –
11 Presence/miscellaneous   4%   3%   3%   –   3%   –
12 Journal issue   1%   1%   1%   2%   –   2%
13 Presence/disqualified   1%   –   –   –   –   –
14 Presence/notary certificate   –   –   –   1%   –   2%
15 Seal issue   –   –   –   –   –   2%

Colorado Notary Training

Notary training and testing is a good method to avoid problems and complaints.

Notary training and a notary exam have only been required in Colorado since May 2010.  Many notaries have never attended a notary training course or passed a notary exam.

It is important when you choose a notary to find a professional that has completed Colorado notary training and a notary exam to reduce the risks and problems caused by notary errors.  Look for a notary that has experience, as well as training.

Visit our website for Colorado Springs Mobile Notary services or Colorado Notary Training classes.

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