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State Information for Rhode Island

Rhode Island Notary Public Commission Requirements and Information

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

Notary Commission Qualifications
Applicants must:
• be at least 18 years of age
• speak, read and write the English language
• have sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties of a notary public
• be a United States citizen or a permanent legal resident of the United States
• an attorney, in good standing who is registered with the Rhode Island Bar; or
• a certified public accountant, in good standing, with a certified license.
• EFFECTIVE 9-16-2016: non-residents that conduct business on a regular basis within the state may apply.

How to Apply
See detailed information including applicable fees, on the website of the Rhode Island Secretary of State: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/notary-public/become-a-notary

Term of Office
4 Year Term

Notary Education and/or Exam Requirement
Not Required

Notary Bond Requirement
Not Required

Notary Recordbook (Journal) Requirement
Not Required

Notary Seal Requirement
Not Required (OPTIONAL, but recommended)

Authorized Duties
• take acknowledgments;
• administer oaths and affirmations;
• execute jurats;
• witness signatures;
• certify copies;
• execute protests; and
• issue subpoenas to witnesses.

Change of Name, Address or Eligibility Status
See detailed information on the website of the Rhode Island Secretary of State: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Notary-Public/maintain-notary-commission


Contact Information for the State of Rhode Island

State Notary Website
http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/notary-public

State of Rhode Island Online Notary Search
http://ucc.state.ri.us/notarysearch/onlinesearch.asp

State of Rhode Island Online Notary FAQ’s
http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Notary-Public/become-a-notary/faq

Phone Number
(401) 222-3040

Mailing Address
Office of the Secretary of the State
Notary Public Section
148 W River St
Providence, RI 02904


Apostille Certification Information

Phone Number
(401) 222-1487

Further Information
http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Business-Portal/Certifications-Apostille-Goodstanding

This information was complied by the American Society of Notaries • Copyright 2017
Last Updated APRIL 2017

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