Do I Need a Notary Stamp in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island Notary Stamps – Yes! Required
Rhode Island has added a “Uniform Law on Notarial Acts” to Chapters 104 and 109 of its Public Laws. Listed under Title 42, Chapter 30.1, the Secretary of State’s purpose in enacting the law is to “strengthen and modernize” the Notary Public office. Effective January 1, 2019, you will now be required to have a stamping device for use on all official notarizations. Notarial acts performed before the effective date under old guidelines will still be considered official.
A stamping device can mean one of two things: 1) A traditional, inked stamp; or 2) an electronic device. Both must be capable of producing the same image. Embossers are not acceptable since the raised images produced are not be able to be photocopied, failing to meet the state’s requirement of being attached to the original document. Definitely choose a dark ink when selecting your stamp. We recommend standard black.
Purchase an inked stamp here. Your official Rhode Island stamp will consist of the notary public’s name as it appears on the commission along with the words “notary public” and jurisdiction (for Rhode Island, your jurisdiction would simply be Rhode Island). Other states may have separate requirements regarding size, shape, ink color, and information demanded. Make sure your stamp includes at least the three things described above and it’s official for Rhode Island. Pick circular or rectangular models in a recognizable font. Add a commission expiration date if desired. Good for 2019 and beyond! Contact an appropriate vendor with any custom needs.