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Become a Notary Public

Notaries in Rhode Island serve four year terms and are authorized to take acknowledgments; administer oaths and affirmations; execute jurats; witness signatures; certify copies; execute protests; and issue subpoenas to witnesses.

According to state law, you must be either a registered voter in the state of Rhode Island, or a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association, or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in order to become a notary public.

Although no training is required in Rhode Island, notaries are encouraged to take advantage of the education and training opportunities offered by most Notary Societies.  The Notary Standards of Conduct and our frequently asked questions provide the rules and standard operating procedures for all Rhode Island notaries.

When you are ready to become a notary, simply complete the Notary Application Form. The fee is $80 for a four-year commission. Mail or bring the application and check, made payable to the Department of State, to our office at 148 W. River St., Providence, RI 02904.