Rhode Island Marriage License Requirements
Below is the information on what you need to bring with you, and what you need to know about the marriage laws before filling out the marriage license forms.
In order to get married, you need to apply and receive a marriage license. This is the document that allows you to officially be married under the law. Always check with your city's marriage bureau at your clerk of court's office to find out what your local rules are.
Licenses are usually not valid for more than 30 days so you'll typically need to apply for your marriage license within one month of your wedding ceremony. You need to submit your birth certificates, tax information, and other official documents.
When you apply for your license, you'll not only need a proof of identification and age, will need to provide any information about previous marriages, and will need to pay a nominal fee. You will also need to have a witness when you sign the application, so plan on bringing your maid of honor or best man with you. The bride will need to know what her married name will be before she signs the marriage certificate. You'll have to write that name on the application.
IMPORTANT: You are not officially married when you receive a marriage license. You need to have a justice of the peace or a religious clergyman sign the document. On your wedding day, you'll give your officiant your marriage license, then after the ceremony, he'll sign it and send it to the proper government agency for validation.
ID Requirement: Picture ID such as a driver's license. If application is mailed or faxed in, it must be witnessed by a Notary Public.
Residency Requirement: Do not have to be a resident of Rhode Island.
Waiting Period: 3 days.
If Divorced: If divorced within the last 60 days, a certified copy of the divorce decree is needed.
Fees: Cash Only! $25
Other Tests: No tests
Under 18: Need certified copy of birth certificate, both parents must be present with identification, or if you have a legal guardian they must be present with a court order and identification.
Officiants: The minister, priest or rabbi of any church or congregation in the state may perform marriages. Ministers must provide marriage certificates to the couple married and report the marriage to the Marriage Commissioner.
Valid: License is valid for 90 days anywhere in Rhode Island.
The license can only be used within the State of Rhode Island.
IMPORTANT: State and county marriage license requirements can change so make sure you check with your local town clerk. This information is for guidance only and should not be regarded as legal advice. It is important that you verify all information with your local marriage license office or county clerk before making any plans.
Barrington Town Clerk 283 Country Road Barrington, RI 02806 401-247-1900
Bristol Town Clerk 10 Court St Bristol, RI 02809 401-253-7000
Burrillville Town Clerk 105 Harrisville Main St Harrisville, RI 02830 401-568-4300
Central Falls City Clerk City Hall, 580 Broad St Central Falls, RI 02863 401-727-7400
Charlestown Town Clerk Town Hall, P.O. Box 849 Charlestown, RI 02813 401-364-1200
Coventry Town Clerk 670 Flat River Road Coventry, RI 02816 401-822-9173
Cranston City Clerk 869 Park Ave Cranston, RI 02910 401-461-1000
Cumberland Town Clerk Town Hall, 45 Broad St Cumberland, RI 02864 401-728-2400
East Greenwich City Hall P.O. Box 111 E. Greenwich, RI 02818 401-886-8603
East Providence City Clerk 145 Tauton Ave East Providence, RI 02914 401-434-3311
Exeter Town Clerk 675 Ten Rod Road Exeter, RI 02822 401-294-3891
Foster Town Clerk South Killingly Rd 6 Killingly Road Foster, RI 02825 401-392-9200
Glocester Town Clerk Town Hall, Main St 1137 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI 02814 401-568-6206
Hopkinton Town Clerk 1 Town House Road Hopkinton, RI 02833 401-377-7777
Jamestown Town Clerk 93 Narragansett Ave Jamestown, RI 02835 401-423-0200
Johnston Town Clerk 1385 Hartford Ave Johnston, RI 02919 401-351-6618
Lincoln Town Clerk Town Hall, P.O. Box C Lincoln, RI 02865 401-333-1100
Little Compton Town Clerk Town Hall, P.O. Box 523 Little Compton, RI 02837 401-635-4400
Middletown Town Clerk Town Hall, 350 E Main Road Middletown, RI 02840 401-847-0009
Narragansett Town Clerk 25 Fifth Ave Narragansett, RI 02882 401-789-1044
New Shoreham Town Clerk P O Drawer 220 Block Island, RI 02807 401-466-2913
Newport City Clerk 43 Broadway Newport, RI 02840 401-846-9600
North Kingstown Town Clerk 80 Boston Neck Road North Kingstown, RI 02852 401-294-3331
North ProvidenceTown Clerks Office 2000 Smith St N. Providence, RI 02911 401-232-0900
North Smithfield Town Hall Town Clerk's Office 1 Main St Slatersville, RI 02876 401-767-2200
Pascoag Village Burrillville Town Clerk 105 Harrisville Main St Harrisville, RI 02830 401-568-4300
Pawtucket City Clerk Recorder of Deeds 137 Roosevelt Ave Pawtucket, RI 02860 401-728-0500
Portsmouth Town Clerk P.O. Box 155 Portsmouth, RI 02871 401-683-2101
Providence City Clerk Recorder of Deeds 25 Dorance St Providence, RI 02903 401-421-7740
Richmond Town Clerk 5 Richmond Townhouse Road Wyoming, RI 02898 401-539-2497
Scituate Town Clerk 195 Danielson Pike North Scituate, RI 02857 401-647-2822
Smithfield Town Clerk 64 Farnum Pike Esmond, RI 02917 401-233-1000
South Kingstown Town Clerk 180 High St Wakefield, RI 02879 401-789-9331
Tiverton Town Hall 343 Highland Road Tiverton, RI 02878 401-625-6700
Warren Town Clerk Town Hall 514 Main St Warren, RI 02885 401-245-7340
Warwick County Recorder 3275 Post Road Warwick, RI 02886 401-738-2000
West Greenwich Town Clerk 280 Victory Highway West Greenwich, RI 02816 401-397-5016
West Warwick Town Clerk Town Hall 1170 Main St West Warwick, RI 02893 401-822-9200
Westerly Town Clerk Town Hall 45 Broad St Westerly, RI 02891 401-348-2509
Woonsocket City Clerk City Hall 169 Main St Woonsocket, RI 02895 401-762-6400