Notarize Spanish Document with Jurat

Notarize Spanish Document with Jurat

Spanish document juratA 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 English 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.

Jurat

A jurat certificate is attached to a sworn document.  The signer must swear or affirm to the notary that the statements and information in the document are true and correct, and that he/she is signing knowingly and willingly.

The notary verifies the identification of the signer, administers an oath or affirmation to the signer, and should not notarize the document if the signer does not appear to be signing knowingly and willingly.  The signer must sign the document in front of the notary.

A commonly notarized document that uses a jurat is an Affidavit, or declaración jurada or jurada in Spanish.

Below is the Colorado notary certificate form for a jurat, in English and in Spanish.

Notario

Note: a Colorado notary public must not use the words notario or notario publico 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

Subscribed and sworn to, or affirmed, before me on this _____ day of __________, 20____,
by ______________________________.
_________________________
Notary Public
My commission expires:
____________________
(Notary Seal)

Estado de Colorado
Condado de El Paso

Firmado y jurado o afirmado, 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

Signed and sworn to, or affirmed, before me on this _____ day of __________, 20____,
by ______________________________.
_________________________
Notary Public
My commission expires:
____________________
(Notary Stamp)

Estado de Colorado
Condado de El Paso

Firmado y jurado, o afirmado, ante mí en este dia _____ de __________ de 20___,
por ______________________________.
_________________________
Notary Public
Mi comisión vence:
_____________________
(Notary Stamp)

New Mexico Spanish Language Notarial Certificate Examples

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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