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City Clerk - Frequently Asked Questions


 

The City Clerk's office is the location of birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates, deeds, and victualing licenses.  The City Clerk's office is located on the second floor of City Hall and the operating hours are 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.    If your question is not answered here please call the Clerk's office at 767-9249 or e-mail Christina Duarte



FAQ

How do I get my birth certificate?

To obtain a birth certificate: If you were born in RI before 1960 you have to obtain your birth certificate in the city or town you were born in. If you were born in 1960 or after you can obtain your birth certificate in any City or Town Clerks’ office in RI.
 

What do I need to get a birth certificate?

  1. Full (maiden) name

  2. Date of Birth

  3. Parents' Full Names (mother's maiden name)

  4. Copy of picture ID (ie:  driver's license)

  5. Cash or check/money order payable to City Clerk

What do I need to get a death certificate?

  1. Full name of deceased

  2. Date of the event

  3. Copy of picture ID (ie:  driver's license)

  4. Cash or check/money order payable to City Clerk

What are the requirements to obtain a marriage license to marry in the State of Rhode Island?

If both parties to the marriage reside in Rhode Island, you may apply for the license in the city or town where either party resides, and the license may be used anywhere in Rhode Island. 

If only one party to the marriage resides in Rhode Island, you must apply for the license in that party’s city or town of residence, and the license may be used anywhere in Rhode Island. 

If neither party resides in Rhode Island, you must apply for the license in the city or town where the marriage ceremony will take place, and the license may only be used in that city or town.

Do I need a blood test to get a marriage license in Rhode Island?

No, you do not need a blood test in Rhode Island.

What do I need to obtain a marriage license?

  1.  Marriage licenses are issued between 9:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.

  2. Birth certificates of each party.

  3. Proof of address of each party.

  4. Government-issued identification with photo (for example, a driver’s license or passport) of each party.

  5. Cash or check/money order payable to “City Clerk.”

  6. If either person has previously been a party to a marriage, civil union, or      registered domestic partnership, that person must present proof of how that    relationship was legally terminated (for example, a death certificate or certified divorce decree).

What is the cost of a marriage license?

The fee is $24.00.