How to Become a Notary Public in Rhode Island

As a notary public in the State of Rhode Island, you have unlimited financial liability on every document you notarize. You do not want to take the office of Notary Public lightly. The Rhode Island Online Notary Course is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way for you to learn what to do and how to protect yourself as a notary. Whether you are a new or current notary public, you should spend some time learning the laws. It's less expensive than an attorney consult!

How to Become a Notary Public in Rhode Island
Step by Step Instructions

How to Become a Notary Public in Rhode Island

  1. Complete the Online Rhode Island Notary Training Course (not required)
  2. Call 1-401-222-1487 and request a NOTARY PUBLIC application.
  3. Completely fill out the application.
  4. Send or take the application to the Board of Canvassers in your city or town to verify residency and voter eligibility.
  5. Have the application notarized by a commissioned notary.
  6. Pursuant to state law, the filing fee is $80.00.
  7. Checks must be made payable to the Secretary of State. Return application with filing fee to Office of the Secretary of State, Corporations Division, Notary Public Section, 148 W. River Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904-2615.
  8. The Notary Section can be reached at 222-1487, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  9. You will receive your Notary Commission in the mail in approximately three (3) weeks.
  10. Make a copy of your commission and send it to and get your official stamp and seal. Order a journal if you do not already have one.


Commission Term: 4 years
Minimum Age: 18 years old
Residency: Resident and registered voter or Member of state bar or Certain elected officials
Stamp/Seal: Recommended
Journal: Recommended
Application Fee: $80
Eligibility: Have good moral character
Other: Be able to read and write English

148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615

Phone: (401) 222-3040