Rhode Island Secretary of State: Electronic Appearance of Notaries do not comply with state laws
Please be advised that pursuant to state law, all Notary Publics authorized to by his Excellency the Governor, may exercise said powers “within this state”. An individual completing an acknowledgment must do so “before” a person authorized to take acknowledgments under Rhode Island law, including Notaries Public. The Governor of the State of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Secretary of State have further set forth, by Executive Order, the requirement that the person completing an acknowledgment or seeking other services from the Notary Public must “appear in person” before the Notary Public. Other electronic means of appearance, such as web cam and Skype, do not comply with the requirements of state law and the Executive Order.