Notarize Spanish Document with Acknowledgment

Spanish document acknowledgmentNotarize Spanish Document with Acknowledgment

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

The notary certificate attached to the Spanish document may not need to be in the English language if the notary can read the notary certificate.  If required by state law, 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. The SOS website states: If the country to which the document is going requires a foreign language notarization, the notary is free to do so. However, the notary must also notarize that same document in English.

Note: Under federal law, if you are seeking services from a government agency or an organization funded by the U.S. Government, you must be provided with assistance in your language.

For example, the Colorado court system provides some bilingual court forms with both English and Spanish wording, including bilingual English and Spanish notarial certificates. See an example court form JDF 751, Spanish, Delegation of Power by Parent or Guardian. These translations are provided by the Colorado Courts Office of Language Access.  Colorado court forms and written proceedings must be completed in English per court procedure CRS 13-1-120.

Spanish Document 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 commonly 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.

[Example 1. old notary law, before RULONA laws, July 1, 2018]

State of Colorado
County of El Paso

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

Estado de Colorado
Condado de El Paso

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

[Example 2. new notary law under RULONA, effective July 1, 2018]

State of Colorado
County of El Paso

This record was acknowledged before me on this _____ day of __________, 20____,
by ______________________________.
_________________________
Notary Public
My commission expires:
____________________
(Notary Stamp)

Estado de Colorado
Condado de El Paso

Este registro fue reconocido ante mí en este día _____ de __________ de 20___,
por ______________________________.
_________________________
Notary Public
Mi comisión vence:
_____________________
(Notary Stamp)

New Mexico Spanish Language Notarial Certificates

New Mexico notary laws are based on the Uniform Law on Notarial Acts (ULONA).

The New Mexico Secretary of State Notary Handbook includes examples of short-form English language notarial certificates and short-form Spanish Language Notarial Certificates.

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[Last-Modified Date 2019-09-06] added RULONA certificate example

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