All notary applicants are required to know the powers and duties of the Rhode Island Office of Notary Public.  This assessment will help you determine if you have gained sufficient knowledge of the office’s powers and duties.   

A score of 80% or higher demonstrates sufficient knowledge of the powers and duties of the Office of Notary Public.  Please review the notary manual and if necessary, take the assessment again. 

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* 1. True or False. A notary public who commits fraud or deceit in the exercise of his/her duties may be imprisoned, fined or both.

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* 2. True or False.  If someone else presents the signer's valid identification, a Notary may notarize the signature of a signer who has not physically appeared before them.

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* 3. A credible identifying witness can be used as an alternative to an expired form of identification if:

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* 4. True or False. Except for the administration of an Oath or Affirmation, all notarial acts require a notarial certificate to be completed.

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* 5. What information should be entered in the venue section of a notarial certificate?

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* 6. The maximum fee a Notary may charge for a notarial act is:

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* 7. The two most common notarial acts are:

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* 8. What is the difference between an oath and an affirmation?

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* 9. A jurat is a notary act that:

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* 10. True or False. When you print and sign your name on a notarial certificate, it should always match the name that appears on your notary commission.

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* 11. When identifying an individual, a notary may accept the following forms of identification (Current or expired not more than 3 years.):

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* 12. True or False.  “Personally known” means that you have known the signer for a sufficient amount of time and you are absolutely certain that the signer has the identity claimed. 

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* 13. Yes or No.  Your roommate just introduced their cousin to you and then asked if you could notarize a document for them.  For purposes of notarizing the document, can you consider your roommate’s cousin to be “personally known” to you?

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* 14. True or False.  The use of a notary stamp is optional for a notary public in the state of Rhode Island.

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* 15. Which notarial act allows a signer to affix their signature to a document before they appear in front of a notary?

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* 16. When performing an Acknowledgement, which step is not required?

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* 17. True or False.  A non-attorney notary public may not use the term “notario” or “notario publico.” A non-attorney notary that advertises notarial services should prominently display in any advertisement “I am not an attorney and have no authority to give advice on immigration or other legal matters.”  This disclaimer should be displayed in the same language as the advertisement.

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* 18. A notary stamp must be round (circular) or rectangular with an edged border and include the following elements.  Check all that apply:

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* 19. True or False.  The notary’s tools (commission, stamp, and journal) are the exclusive property of the notary, they may not be used by any other person. 

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* 20. True or False.  If a notary leaves their job and their employer paid the commission filing fee, the notary must surrender their stamp and/or journal to employer.

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* 21. Have you attended a free notary training class offered by the Rhode Island Department of State?

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