State Information for Rhode Island

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Rhode Island Notary Requirements and Information

Rhode Island Notary Commission Qualifications
Notary applicants must:
• be at least 18 years old;
• be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the U.S.;
• be a resident of Rhode Island or have a place of employment or practice in the state;
• be able to read and write English;
• not be disqualified to receive a commission under §42-30.1-16.
• demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties of a Notary public.

How to Apply to Become a Rhode Island Notary
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Rhode Island Secretary of State:

Appointing Officer
• Governor - appoints notaries.
• Secretary of State - maintains records, regulates.

Term of Office
4 year term.

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Education course not required. Notary Public applicant must “demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties pursuant to the requirements of” Rhode Island’s Notary laws. Secretary of State provides an assessment exam for this purpose.

Notary Bond Requirement
Not required.

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not required.

Notary Seal Requirement
• Ink stamp required, paper notarial acts. Notarial certificates are defined as including, among other elements, the Notary's seal.
• Official electronic stamp required/specified, electronic notarial acts.

Authorized Duties
• Take acknowledgments;
• take a verification on oath or affirmation (jurat);
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• witness or attest a signature;
• certify or attest a copy;
• issue subpoenas and depose witnesses (individuals with specific expertise);
• note protests.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the State of Rhode Island:

Contact Information for the State of Rhode Island

State of Rhode Island Notary Website

State of Rhode Island Notary Manual

State of Rhode Island Notary Tutorials

State of Rhode Island Online Notary Lookup

Phone Number
(401) 222-3040

Mailing Address
Rhode Island Department of State
148 W River Street
Providence, RI 02904

Apostilles, Certifications and Authentications Information

Phone Number
(401) 222-3040

Further Information

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Information on this page is provided with the understanding that the user is solely responsible for his/her knowledge of notarial law, procedures and practices. The information contained on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. All information is subject to change without notice and therefore is provided “as is,” free of warranty of any kind. Last updated August 2020.

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