Secretary of State Reduces Fees for Notaries Public

Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys

Fees in the state of Colorado for notaries public have been reduced from $10 to $1. The fees effect online notary applications and renewal fees. Currently the reduction is only temporary, but the state has not issued a date on the ending. Secretary of State Scott Gessler announced the reduction on October 30, 2012.

The idea behind the reduction of fees, which were already some of the lowest in that nation, is to keep money in the pockets of Coloradans. Another motive behind moving to only charging $1 is to encourage more people to check out the efficiency and convenience of online filing.

The fees went into effect on November 1 for any renewals or first-time filers. Gessler plans to keep the $1 fee in place for the remainder of the fiscal year, but will continue to review the impact of the reductions on a quarterly basis.

Many questions have been brought up about the revenue impact of the reduction. It is projected to reduce revenue by over $200,000. At this time, 83,000 Coloradans serve as notaries, and each notary commission runs four years. The office says they can absorb the reduced revenue and still provide top-notch customer service.

The Secretary of State’s office is funded solely from filing fees from businesses and non-profits, and receives no state taxpayer dollars. It recently reduced fees for non-profit businesses in October as well.

The Sawaya Law Firm supports small business in the Denver community, and we applaud the effort of the Secretary of State Scott Gessler for attempting to help keep money in the pockets of Coloradans and small businesses. We are Denver’s personal injury law firm. With over 40 years of experience and a compassionate team prepared to listen to your story, The Sawaya Law Firm is here to help. Contact us anytime.


Michael established The Sawaya Law Firm in 1977 and built it into one of the largest personal injury law firms in Colorado, with more than 20 lawyers and 80 staff members serving clients from five offices located in Denver, Greeley and Colorado Springs. Throughout its history, the firm has stayed true to its 12 Core Values, which emphasize excellence in advocacy and a commitment to providing outstanding client service. Michael studied sociology and economics as an undergraduate student at The Colorado College, and he earned his law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law. In addition to being involved in several legal and community organizations, Michael enjoys playing music and cooking, and he has written a book on spiritual matters.