Vital Records are birth, death, marriage, and civil union documents. They are legal documents that contain information about the vital events of people in our society. Certified copies of vital records are used for many purposes, such as to establish proof of age, receive social security benefits, and receive death benefits from life insurance policies.
In addition to registering, filing, and issuing vital records and publishing data, the Office of Vital Records can:
Vital Chek issues certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates and marriage records for events which occurred within the state of Rhode Island. You may order copies of Rhode Island vital records through VitalChek on an expedited basis. Payment may be made by credit card. Phone (888) 388-1032 orders are also accepted. Spanish interpreters available.
Copies of vital records can also be obtained by mail or in person at the State Office of Vital Records. Directions. In addition to registering, filing, and issuing vital records and publishing data, the Office of Vital Records can:
7:30 AM to 3:30 PM, Monday - Friday.
Local clerk offices have records for all the births, deaths, marriages, and civil unions that occur in those cities and towns. All 39 cities and towns can also provide copies of most birth certificates for anyone born in the state on or after January 1, 1960. Make sure to call and check the hours of operation.
|Town and Web Link||Address||Phone Number|
|Barrington Town Clerk||283 County Road||401-247-1900 ext 301|
|Bristol Town Clerk||10 Court Street||401-253-7000|
|Burrillville Town Clerk||105 Harrisville Main Street||401-568-4300|
|Central Falls City Clerk||580 Broad Street||401-727-7400|
|Charlestown Town Clerk||4540 South County Trail||401-364-1200|
|Coventry Town Clerk||1670 Flat River Road||401-822-9173 ext 9170|
|Cranston City Clerk||869 Park Ave||401-461-1000|
|Cumberland Town Clerk||45 Broad Street||401-728-2400|
|East Greenwich Town Clerk||125 Main St||401-886-8603 or 8604|
|East Providence City Clerk||145 Taunton Ave||401-435-7596|
|Exeter Town Clerk||675 Ten Rod Road||401-294-3891|
|Foster Town Clerk||181 Howard Hill Road||401-392-9200|
|Glocester Town Clerk||PO Box B , Chepachet||401-568-6206|
|Hopkinton Town Clerk||1 Town House Road||401-377-7777|
|Jamestown Town Clerk||93 Narragansett Ave||401-423-7200|
|Johnston Town Clerk||1385 Hartford Ave||401-553-8830|
|Lincoln Town Clerk||100 Old River Road||401-333-1100|
|Little Compton Town Clerk||40 Commons||401-635-4400|
|Middletown Town Clerk||350 E Main Road||401-847-0009|
|Narragansett Town Clerk||25 Fifth Ave||401-789-1044|
|New Shoreham Town Clerk||Drawer 220, Block Island||401-466-3200|
|Newport City Clerk||43 Broadway||401-846-9600 ext 326|
|North Kingstown Town Clerk||80 Boston Neck Road||401-294-3331|
|North Providence Town Clerk||2000 Smith St||401-232-0900|
|North Smithfield Town Clerk||1 Main St, Slatersville||401-767-2200 ext 30|
|Pawtucket City Clerk||137 Roosevelt Ave||401-728-0500 ext 224|
|Portsmouth Town Clerk||PO Box 155||401-683-2101|
|Providence City Registrar||25 Dorrance St||401-421-7740 ext 213|
|Richmond Town Clerk||5 Richmond Townhouse Rd, Wyoming||401-539-2497|
|Scituate Town Clerk||195 Danielson Pike, North Scituate||401-647-2822|
|Smithfield Town Clerk||64 Farnum Pike, Esmond||401-233-1000 ext 11|
|South Kingstown Town Clerk||180 High St, Wakefield||401-789-9331 ext 23|
|Tiverton Town Clerk||343 Highland Rd||401-625-6703|
|Warren Town Clerk||514 Main St||401-245-7340|
|Warwick City Clerk||3275 Post Rd||401-738-2000|
|West Greenwich Town Clerk||280 Victory Hwy||401-392-3800|
|West Warwick Town Clerk||1170 Main St||401-822-9201|
|Westerly Town Clerk||45 Broad St||401-348-2500|
|Woonsocket City Clerk||169 Main St||401-767-9248|
The State Office of Vital Records accepts cash, check, or money order if the request for records is made in person. The Office only accepts check or money order if the request is made by mail (do not send cash). If requesting the certificate from the State Office, make the check or money order payable to "General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island." The State Office is not able to accept debit/credit card payments. If obtaining a record from a city or town clerk, payments should be made to the local office.
The fee for a certified copy of a vital record (from state or local registrars) is $20. Additional copies of the same record issued at the same time are $15.00 each. Per Rhode Island General Law, the fee provides for a search of two consecutive calendar years under one name and for issuance of a certified copy of a birth, fetal death, death, marriage, or civil union record.
If the record is not found, you will be charged for the service. However, in most cases, you will receive a certified letter stating that the record was not located. There is an additional $2 for each year searched beyond the two-year period.
To access services at the State Office of Vital Records (e.g. to request a certified copy of a record, to correct or update a record, etc.), you must present valid picture identification issued by a governmental organization. This includes:
You must present an original form of identification if requesting services in person. If requesting by mail, a readable copy of identification is required and will not be returned to you. If you submit an application or request without identification, it will not be processed and it will be returned to you.
If you do not have government-issued picture identification, you may submit two other documents containing the name and current address of the applicant (i.e. utility bill, bank statement, car registration, copy of income tax return, etc.).
Vital records are confidential. Only individuals who have what is called a "direct and tangible interest" in the records can access them. This includes:
Firms, agencies, or individuals requesting information for commercial purposes are not considered to have direct and tangible interest.
Please note that is illegal to inspect or disclose information contained in vital records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any vital record except as authorized by the Office of Vital Records more. Any person who uses false statements to obtain a vital record may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to a year, or both. more