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 the FO verify, certify or obtain free copy of birth or death record? No.
Technicians requiring verification of vital records for the State of Rhode Island
are to use the Electronic Verification of Vital Events (EVVE). If a certified record
is needed, it can be requested directly from Rhode Island Center for Vital Records.