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GN 00308.076: Rhode Island Vital Records

  • Effective Dates: 05/12/2015 - Present
  • Effective Dates: 08/08/2018 - Present
  • TN 24 (07-04)
  • GN 00308.076 Rhode Island Vital Records
  • A. Process
  • Divorce records are available from the Clerk of the Family Court where the divorce was granted. The cost of copy is $3.00. Marriage, birth and death records are available from the Town Clerk in the town or City Clerk in the city where the event took place for $15.00.
  • B. Procedure - state sources
  • 1. Address and FO Code Rhode Island Vital Records Health Department Room 101 3 Capital Hill Providence, RI 02908-5097
  • FO Code 072
  • NOTE: You can find the most up-to-date information from the Office of Vital Records . In addition, you can find EIN information here .
  • NOTE: You can find the most up-to-date information from the http://www.health.ri.gov/records/. In addition, you can find EIN information here .
  • 2. Cost of Copy:
  • $15.00 ($20.00 for expedited mail requests).
  • 3. Type of Payment:
  • Money order or check
  • 4. Remarks:
  • The State office no longer has an index of divorce records. Divorce records must be requested from the clerk of the Family Court that issued the decree.
  • Requests for birth certificates for illegitimate children must be accompanied by a consent statement signed by the subject individual (if 18 or over) or by the parent or guardian.
  • Expedited mail requests are processed within one week. Same day service is available in emergencies only by calling (401) 277-2812 and using a Visa charge card.
  • Can FO verify, certify or obtain free copy of birth/death record? The FO can electronically verify or certify birth records from 1940 on. The FO can obtain a free copy of birth records prior to 1940, all death records, and all marriage records. The free copy is marked "Non-Certified Copy - for Government Use Only." This copy meets the requirement for a certified copy for SSA purposes. If a copy with a raised seal is required, the FO must write to the address in GN 00308.076B.1. and pay for it.