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Notary Public

A Notary Public is an official of integrity commissioned to a four-year term by the Governor to serve the public as an impartial witness to the identity, comprehension, and intent of a person requesting a notarial act.

NOTARY COMMENT PERIOD UNTIL MARCH 10

The RI Department of State has published an updated Notary Public Manual to reflect the changes to the law governing notaries public (R.I. Gen. Laws Chapter 42-30.1) which took effect on January 1, 2019. The Notary Public Manual is intended to serve as a guide for notaries to ensure their continued compliance with the law. All interested parties are invited to submit written comments concerning the Notary Public Manual until March 10, 2019 by contacting the Rhode Island Department of State at: 

RI Department of State, Notary Public Section, 148 W. River Street, Providence, RI 02904  [email protected]


Existing Notaries

Renew your commission, information updates, and ending your commission.

Maintaining your commission

Become a Notary

Requirements, powers and duties, forms, notary supplies and tutorials that can help you.

Apply for a notary commission

Justice of the Peace

Requirements, powers and duties, forms, notary supplies and tutorials that can help you.

Become a justice of the peace

Notary services

Notary Public and Justice of the Peace lookup

“Search using name or commission number” use these lookups to verify that a Notary Public or JP has an active commission of record or to verify a commission number. 
“Search by city” use this lookup to find a notary.  Search results may not appear for a particular city, as participation in the city search listing is voluntary and notaries may opt-out of this database.

Download the Notary Public manual

Designed for new and seasoned notaries public, the manual provides detailed information on how to become a notary, properly perform notarial acts and more. A must read for every RI Notary Public.

The 2019 version is now available for download.

Notary supplies and sample notarial certificates

Tools of the trade and best practices.

View our Notary tutorials

Learn from our videos: Steps to a Proper Notarization, How to Perform a Copy Certification, and How to Become a Notary Public.

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Finding a Notary

A Notary Public may be found at your local bank, library or by conducting a search of our Notary Public and Justice of the Peace lookup.

Getting a document notarized

If you are a member of the public who needs to have a document notarized, there are several steps you need to take so that the notary can legally perform the requested notarial act.

Filing a Notary complaint

Any identifiable person may file a complaint against a Notary Public who is alleged to have violated the Rhode Island Notary Public Standards of Conduct or RI General Law.