The purpose of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) is to facilitate e-Commerce and e-Government in Colorado by giving electronic signatures (e-signatures) and electronic records (e-records) the same force and effect as signatures and records produced by non-electronic means.
UETA was enacted by the Colorado legislature in 2002 and became effective on May 30, 2002. UETA is based on a uniform act adopted in 1999 by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (NCCUSL). UETA was adopted in Colorado to provide consistency between state and federal laws that support and promote the use and acceptance of e-signatures and e-records in electronic commerce and electronic government applications. UETA does not require private parties or governmental entities to use or accept e-signatures or e-records. In other words, the use and acceptance of e-signatures or e-records is completely voluntary. The regulation implementing UETA allows a governmental entity to deploy e-records in a manner that satisfies its business practices and needs.
Pursuant to Senate Bill 07-254, the UETA project is no longer administered by the Secretary of State's office. The Governor's Office of Information Technology now has the authority to create rules, standards, procedures and policies regarding the use of electronic signatures. This site will be used to provide information regarding state guidelines and policies with regards to UETA. The Secretary of State UETA website remains operational and though no longer kept current, it's a great resource for additional information about UETA.
The attached Guidelines focus on the E-Signature portion of UETA, explaining the definition of an e-signature under UETA and assisting in the selection of e-signature solutions that meet business and legal needs.