This is an Excerpt from the Colorado Laws on Notaries Public Title 12 of Colorado Revised Statutes. In the State of Colorado if You are Getting any Document Notarized, it is very Important that: You Do Not Accept any Blank Documentthat is Notarized. The Reason is, It can be attached to anything. Please Be advised and to Consult with Your Attorney.
Pursuant to C.R.S. 12-55-107 the Secretary of State or the Secretary of State’s designee may deny the application of any person for appointment or reappointment, issue a letter of admonition, suspend a commission, or revoke the commission of any notary public during such notary’s term of appointment, if the notary public: (a) Submits an application for commission and appointment that contains substantial and material misstatement or omission of fact; (b) Is convicted of official misconduct or any felony or, in the prior five years, a misdemeanor involving dishonesty; (c) Fails to exercise the powers or perform the duties of a notary public; (d) Knowingly uses false or misleading advertising in which such notary represents that such notary has powers, duties, rights, or privileges that such notary does not possess by law; (e) Is found by a court of Colorado to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law; (f) Ceases to fulfill the requirements applicable to such notary’s most recent appointment; (g) Notarizes any blank document; (h) Knowingly uses false or misleading advertising to represent a level of authority not permitted to a notary public by law. Notary NOT Verifying Signatures is Illegal If a Notary Stamps a Document without verifying Signatures, You Better Believe that it is TOTALLY against the Law. If it is any kind of Serious Document or a Binding Contract then it is Perjury if the Notary accepts the said Document knowing the Person is not there present and would be willing to sign it. Depending upon your State Laws, it also Nulify's any Document Signed. A Notary must keep a Journal for Verification and Documenting indicating the item Notarized.
Type of Document(s) and Type of Notification
Names of Parties Signing the Document(s)
Drivers License w/Picture is Best
Date of Document and the Time Signed
A Notary is a Public Official and they take an Oath of Office. If they Breach their Oath they are Liable for Damages including Civil and Criminal Charges could be Enforced, against all Parties involved and Damages can be Awarded to anyone who relies on their Seal. Many times with Forged Signatures all the Signatures are Forgeries including the Notary's Signature and the Seal Can be a Forgery. That is why the Notary's Journal is very Important for Verification. If however the Seal is Real, then the Notary would have to explain how their Seal got on the Document.