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Justice of the Peace

Justices of the Peace 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.  The power to perform a marriage ceremony is NOT granted to Justices of the Peace by Rhode Island Law.

According to state law, you must be a registered voter in the state of Rhode Island in order to become a Justice of the Peace. 

The Notary Standards of Conduct and our frequently asked questions provide the rules and standard operating procedures to take acknowledgments; administer oaths and affirmations; execute jurats; witness signatures; certify copies; execute protests; and issue subpoenas to witnesses.

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