Become a Notary Public
- 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 §42-30.1-16; and
- Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties pursuant to the requirements of this chapter.
- Be an attorney in good standing applying as a member of the RI Bar Association; or
- Be a certified public accountant in good standing applying as a certified Rhode Island licensee
Powers and Duties
Notaries Public in Rhode Island are commissioned to four-year terms and are authorized to take acknowledgements, administer oaths and affirmations, execute jurats, witness signatures, certify copies, execute protests and issue subpoenas to witnesses.
How to Apply:
Get your application ready
- Visit our website, review our educational resources and take the “Notary Knowledge Assessment” to demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties to the requirements of this chapter.
- Complete and print the Notary Application Form
- You must appear before a Rhode Island Notary Public to take the Oath of Office and complete the certificate. Notaries are available at our office to perform this service.
- Fee: $80 Non-refundable.
- Make check payable to: RI Department of State
Submit your application
- Mail or bring your application to:
RI Department of State
148 W. River St.
Providence, RI 02904
Once your completed application is received by our office, it is processed within 3-5 business days and then your commission will be mailed to the address on the application.