Wednesday, December 7, 2016        

Marriage Licenses 


Rhode Island Marriage Worksheet

Marriage Record Request Form

Birth, Death & Marriage Record Information from the Rhode Island Department of Health


WHERE DO I APPLY FOR A MARRIAGE LICENSE?

  • BOTH the bride and groom MUST appear in person

  • If bride is a Rhode Island resident, apply for the license in the Town Clerk’s Office of the bride’s residence

  • If the bride is NOT a Rhode Island resident and the groom is a Rhode Island resident, apply for the license at the Town Clerk’s Office of the groom’s residence

  • If BOTH bride and groom are NOT residents of Rhode Island, the marriage license must be obtained WHERE THE CEREMONY IS TO TAKE PLACE

DOCUMENTS TO BRING WITH YOU

  • Certified birth certificates of both persons. (Birth certificate issue by local or state registrar, not certificates issued by hospitals)

  • Photo identification for both persons.

  • Certified copy of FINAL DECREE OF DIVORCE in the event of a previous marriage or a CERTIFIED DEATH CERTIFICATE in the event of the death of a spouse (must have a certified seal)

  • Pre-marital blood test or physical are NOT REQUIRED

  • Both bride and groom must physically present themselves at the Town Clerk’s Office to sign the license and attest to the information listed thereon

  • The Town Clerk’s Office issues Marriage Licenses between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

  • Both parties must be eighteen (18) years of age or older

  • Females age sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) or the bride (regardless of age) is under the control of a legal guardian MUST COMPLETE A MINOR’S PERMIT (obtained in the Town Clerk’s Office)

  • Females under sixteen (16) and males under eighteen (18) MUST OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM FAMILY COURT. Contact the Town Clerk’s Office for more information,

LENGTH OF TIME LICENSE VALID

Marriage license is valid for ninety (90) days from the date issued, and if not used, should be returned to the place of issuance.

MARRIAGE LICENSE COST

The cost is twenty-four ($24.00) dollars

 



MARRIAGE RECORDS

Marriage 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.

HOW TO OBTAIN A COPY OF A MARRIAGE RECORD

  • Enter the Town Clerk’s Office

  • Present a picture identification of yourself. OR

  • Request certificate by mail, enclose copy of your photo identification

  • Fill out request form

  • Enclose check or money order made payable to “Town of Smithfield”

  • Mail request to: Town Clerk’s Office, 64 Farnum Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

  • State your full name (maiden name), spouse’s name, date or marriage

APPLICATION TO REQUEST RECORD

Available here in .pdf format  Marriage Record Request Form

MARRIAGE 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

 

 

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