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Become a Justice of the Peace

Requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age
  • Speak, read and write the English language ¬†
  • Have sufficient knowledge of the power and duties of the office of Notary Public
  • Be a US Citizen or a Permanent Legal Resident of the US
  • Be a Rhode Island resident or a non-resident who conducts business on a regular basis in Rhode Island

Other Qualifications:

  • 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

Justices of the Peace 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. They are NOT empowered to perform marriage ceremonies.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, Justices of the Peace and Notaries Public have the same powers and duties, however, certain appointments require a Justice of the Peace commission for consideration.


How to Apply:

STEP
1

Get your application ready

  • Complete and print the Justice of the Peace Application
  • 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.
STEP
2

Fee

  • Fee: $80 Non-refundable.
  • Make check payable to: RI Department of State
STEP
3

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.

Notary supplies and tutorials:

Renewal of Appointment

  • Complete and print the Reappointment Justice of the Peace 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
  • Mail or bring your application to:
    RI Department of State
    148 W. River St.
    Providence, RI 02904