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

200820092010201120122013
1Notarized outside the presence of the signer33%48%68%75%77%69%
2Miscellaneous14%20%11%  5%  7%  2%
3Notary certificate12%  4%  3%  5%  4%  4%
4Notary has disqualifying interest  6%  9%  3%  3%  7%  6%
5Blank spaces in document  6%  6%  1%  3%  –  8%
6Notary has criminal history  6%  4%  4%  2%  1%  –
7Presence/journal  6%  1%  –  –  –  2%
8No satisfactory evidence of ID  4%  3%  3%  3%  –  –
9Unauthorized Practice of Law  4%  –  1%  1%  –  4%
10Signer suffering from dementia  4%  1%  2%  –  –  –
11Presence/miscellaneous  4%  3%  3%  –  3%  –
12Journal issue  1%  1%  1%  2%  –  2%
13Presence/disqualified  1%  –  –  –  –  –
14Presence/notary certificate  –  –  –  1%  –  2%
15Seal 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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