Apply for a New Commission
A notary public’s most important responsibility is to prevent fraud. All commissioned notaries must be aware of the powers and duties of the office. In RI, notaries public are issued four-year commissions.
Know the Requirements
RI notaries public must:
- Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
- Be a citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States;
- Be a resident of or have a place of employment or practice in this state*;
- Be able to read and write English;
- Not be disqualified to receive a commission under RIGL § 42-30.1-16; and
- Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties of the office.
*Attorneys and CPAs in good standing with the RI Bar Association or RI Board of Accountancy are exempt from the residency requirement.
Know Your Powers and Duties
All applicants are required to know the powers and duties of the Office of Notary Public. Before you submit your application, you should:
- Review the notary manual, RIGL Chapter 42-30.1, and the updated Standards of Conduct;
- Attend our free RI Notary Public Training; and
- Take the Notary Knowledge Assessment and achieve a score of at least 80%.
Find a RI Notary
You must appear before a RI Notary Public to take the Oath of Office. Click here to find a RI Notary Public.
Get your application ready
Fill out and print the Notary Application form. Please note:
- Both pages of the form must be completed.
- Photocopies are not acceptable.
- All signatures on the form must be original (digital signatures are not acceptable). Learn how your notarial signature may differ from your legal signature.
- You must appear before a RI Notary Public who will administer the Oath of Office and complete the notarial certificate.
The non-refundable fee to apply is $80. Your check or money order should be payable to RI Department of State.
Submit your application
Mail or bring your application to:
Business Services Division/Notary
148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904
We cannot accept applications via email.
Once your completed application is received by our office, it is processed within 3-5 business days. Your commission certificate will be mailed to the address on the application. If you do not receive your commission certificate or need a duplicate copy, contact us at [email protected].
Did you know?
RI attorneys and CPAs can earn two continuing education credits by attending our free notary public training.