Notary Law Update: Temporary Reduction in Notary Service Fees
State budget regulations require state agencies to adjust fees upwards or downwards, as the case may be, in order to sustain its programs. Effective April 1 through June 30, temporary reductions in fees for certain Notary services have been published by the Secretary of State's office. Effective July 1, 2010, the fees will rise, but still will be lower than they were prior to April 1, 2010.
Effective: April 1, 2010
Affects: Certain fees charged by the Secretary of State for Notary servicesChanges:
1. Temporarily reduces fees charged for the following services from April 1-June 30, 2010: (a) Notary application filing fee, from $15 to $5 if submitted online, and from $25 to $20 if submitted on paper; (b) authentications, including apostilles and certificates of magistry, from $10 to free; and (c) expedited service for Notary transactions, per document, from $25 to $10.
2. Resets the following fees for the same services effective July 1, 2010: (a) Notary application filing fee, $10 if submitted online and $25 if submitted on paper; (b) authentications, including apostilles and certificates of magistry, $5; and (c) expedited service for Notary transactions, per document, $15.
Colorado has budget regulations which require state agencies to adjust their fees in order to sustain their programs. When revenues to the agencies increase, they are required to scale back fees and when they decrease, to raise fees. In the past few years, the Colorado Secretary of State has issued temporary fee reductions because its coffers were
sufficiently full to support the Notary program. Thus, for the period of April 1-June 30, 2010, several fee reductions have been instituted. It will cost significantly less to submit an application for a Notary commission (both online and on paper). All authentications of public documents will be free (yes, that is correct and not an error). Expedited service fees will also decrease. Effective July 1, 2010, the fees will adjust upward again, but the new fees will be lower than the fees charged prior to April 1, 2010. In this difficult national economy where fees for government services are being increased, it is good to hear that the Colorado Secretary of State's office is able to decrease its fees and still maintain the same level of service to the Notaries and general public of the state of Colorado.
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