Rhode Island Notary Acknowledgment Form

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Updated August 03, 2022

Rhode Island notary acknowledgment is an instrument used to formally authenticate the signatures on a legal document. This type of authentication is typically used for bills of sale, living trusts, wills, and other documents which must be authenticated in order to comply with State law. The acknowledgment form must accompany the document being notarized when brought to the notary. Once the identities of all parties have been affirmed, each individual should provide their signature on the initial document. The process is considered complete once the acknowledgment form has been filled in and signed by the notary. While not required by state law, the notary may also place a seal on the form to further authenticate the document.

Laws – § 3(f)

Notary Handbook – Explains the duties of notarial officers. Also found within the handbook are operating procedures that have been recommended by the State of Rhode Island.

How to Notarize in Rhode Island

Step 1 – Locate a notary public within Rhode Island. The following places commonly offer notary public services:

Step 2 – Ensure that the document being notarized has been filled in completely with or without the parties’ signatures provided. Bring the form to the notary to have it examined; notarial acts often require a fee.

Step 3 – Valid photo identification should be presented to the notary unless the individual is personally known to the notary or a credible witness attests to the individual’s identity by oath or other affirmation. The document should then be signed by the individual in the presence of the notary. If the document has been signed prior to acknowledgment, the individual attests to the signature as being their own and provided willfully.

Step 4 – The notary will authenticate the document by providing their signature, seal (if applicable), title, commission expiration date, and identification number. Afterward, the document will be considered notarized and it may be returned to the principal party.

Verify a Notary in Rhode Island

Step 1 – Navigate to the Notary Public Database Search.

Step 2 – Enter the notary number or first and/or the last name of the notary. Click Search to submit the query.

rhode island secretary of state notary search fields

Step 3 – The results of the search are presented on the subsequent page. Scroll through the results to find the notary number or name of the individual being searched.

rhode island secretary of state notary search results

How to Write (For Notary)

Step 1 – Begin by downloading the form in one of the following formats: Adobe PDF, Microsoft Word, Open Document Text.

Step 2 – Enter into the empty spaces the following information:

  • State
  • County
  • Date (day, month, year)
  • Name of the document signer
  • Type of identification

Step 3 – Indicate the purpose of the acknowledgment form by filling in the appropriate parenthetical field. Below that, the notary must provide their seal/stamp and give their signature to complete the form.