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CO Senate Bill 21-199

Notary Law Update: CO Senate Bill 21-199

State: Colorado

Summary:
Senate Bill 21-199 requires the Secretary of State to verify the lawful presence in the United States of any applicant for a Notary commission by checking certain forms of ID, as specified, or receiving an affidavit from the applicant.

Signed:  June 25, 2021

Effective:  July 01, 2022

Chapter: 351

Affects:
Amends Section 24-21-521 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

Changes:
  1. Requires the Secretary of State to verify the lawful presence in the United State of each applicant for a Notary commission by checking: (a) a United States military card or a military dependent's identification card; (ii) a United States Coast Guard merchant mariner card; (iii) a Native American tribal document; (iv) a valid Colorado driver's license or a Colorado identification card issued pursuant to CRS article 2, title 42, unless the applicant holds a license or card issued pursuant to CRS title 42, article 2, part 5; (v) a valid driver's license or identification card issued by another state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States that is compliant with the federal "Real ID Act", as amended; (vi) a valid United States passport; (vii) a valid United States permanent resident card; or (viii) any other valid type of identification that requires proof of lawful presence in the United States to obtain.
  2. Authorizes the Secretary of State to accept an affidavit stating that the applicant is: (a) a United States citizen or legal permanent resident; or (ii) otherwise lawfully present in the United States pursuant to federal law to prove lawful presence in the United States.
Analysis:
Colorado SB 21-199 expands on the existing requirement under Colorado law for the Secretary of State to check the lawful presence in the United States of every applicant for a commission by listing one of eight forms of identification an applicant may present or accepting an affidavit of the applicant stating they are residing lawfully in the United States.

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