§ 42-30-5 Application for appointment. (a) Any qualified elector of this state desiring to be appointed a notary public, or a justice of the peace, shall make written application to the governor over his or her own signature, stating that he or she is a qualified elector who is an actual resident of the state of Rhode Island.
(b) Qualification as an elector of the state at the time of making application is to be certified to by a member of the board of canvassers and registration, in cities having such boards, or by the city or town clerk of the city or town in which the applicant claims a right to vote, and except for members of the bar of this state, the member of the board of canvassers and registration or the city or town clerk shall satisfy himself or herself that the applicant for appointment to the office of notary public or justice of the peace can speak, read, and write the English language and has sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties pertaining to that office.
(c) A member of the Rhode Island bar, and certified public accountants under § 5-3.1-5, shall, regardless of residence, be appointed a notary public upon application and presentment of a certified copy of his or her certificate of admission to the bar or certificate of public accountancy.
(d) Any such person making written application to be
appointed a notary public or justice of the peace shall, at the time of
application, pay to the secretary of state the sum of eighty dollars ($80.00).
(P.L. 1911, ch. 671, § 4; G.L. 1923, ch. 30, § 13; P.L. 1925, ch. 642, § 1; P.L. 1931, ch. 1751, § 1; G.L. 1938, ch. 489, § 10; G.L. 1956, § 42-30-5; P.L. 1987, ch. 192, § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 25, § 1; P.L. 1993, ch. 384, § 1; P.L. 1995, ch. 220, § 1; P.L. 1996, ch. 381, § 1; P.L. 2012, ch. 449, § 1.)