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
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.