What You Can Do:
The City and Town Clerk Offices have records for all the Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce that occured in Rhode Island since 1960. The State Office of Vital Records can also supply electronic copies for any vital record necessary for background checks. These records are deemed confidential thus only the subject or a direct family member can request a copy of such records. However, Birth and Marriage Records 100 years or older and Death Records 50 years older are considered public documents and be obtained from the city or town hall or through the Rhode Island State Archives. Requests may be done in person or by mail by filling out an application form and submitting it to the appropriate office along with a $20 fee for each certified copy of a Birth, Death, and Marriage Record and $15 for every additional copy while for a Divorce Decree, the cost is $3 each copy. Payments can be made in cash (for walk-in), check or money order. Processing time would take six to eigth weeks although a rush service can be catered for an additional fee of $7 wherein requests can be processed within 5 business days.
The Attorney General’s Office, Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) Division is the central database for Criminal Records of the state of Rhode Island. To obtain such document, a special state release form must be signed,notarized and to be submitted with a photo-ID, a self-addressed stamped envelope and a $5 name-based search fee via mail,fax, or in person. A response would usually take 10 business days. The This information is also available at various county offices, police stations, highway patrol’s and sheriff’s offices and other enforcement agencies across the State.