Birth records on file in the Town Clerk’s office date back to 1871. Records 100 years old and older are public records. All records less than 100 years old are only available by request to the person named on the record or to a close relative.
WHERE DO I OBTAIN A COPY OF MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE?
If you were born in Smithfield, or if you were born in Rhode Island and your mother lived in Smithfield at the time of birth, you may obtain your birth certificate in the Town Clerk’s Office:
Smithfield Town Hall
64 Farnum Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917
OR you may obtain your birth certificate at the Department of Health, Vital Records:
3 Capitol Hill, Room 101
Providence, RI 02908
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (401) 222-2812
HOW TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A BIRTH CERTIFICATE
The State of RI Health Department has initiated a RI Birth Record Program that allows any RI Town or City Clerk’s Office to prepare a birth certificate for any RI-born individual, so long as they were born on or after January 1, 1960 (program does not go further back, as yet). This means you can visit any of RI’s 39 cities/towns, closest to where you now live, and ask for a certified copy of your birth certificate (see instructions below). It is always best to telephone first to ensure that a certified copy of your birth certificate can be verified and then created for you.
However, if you were born before January 1, 1960, were born in Smithfield, or your mother lived in Smithfield at the time of your birth, you may obtain your birth certificate in the Smithfield Town Clerk’s Office.
APPLICATION TO REQUEST RECORD
Available here in .pdf format Birth Record Request form
BIRTH CERTIFICATE COST
$20.00 for the first certificate and $15.00 for each additional certificate when ordered simultaneously.
For further information please call Ann Marie Torregrossa, at 233-1000, ext. 113