Marriage records 100 years or older are public record. All records less than 100 years old are only available, by request, to a close blood relative.
Persons married in Rhode Island may obtain a marriage certificate at Rhode Island State Vital Records, in the town or city in which they were married, or, where they applied for their marriage license. One may apply in person, at which time he or she will be required to complete a state mandated form and present an official valid picture ID (such as a driver's license or military ID).
Making a Request by Mail
A marriage certificate may be requested by mail. Information to include are both individuals' names, date of the marriage, and where the marriage occurred. A photocopy of either individual's valid picture ID (such as a driver's license or military ID) must be included with the request. For ease of use, access the marriage certificate request form.
Fees & Payments
A money order, payable to the Town of Portsmouth, must also be included. The fee is $25 for the first, and $18 for each additional certificate requested. A self-addressed, stamped envelope should also be included for a speedy response. A contact name and telephone number is suggested in the event additional information is needed or questions arise. Every attempt is made to respond within 24 to 48 hours of receipt. Requests should be mailed to:
Town Clerk's Office
2200 East Main Road
Portsmouth, RI 02871
Pursuant to Rhode Island State Law, one may only obtain a marriage certificate for oneself, one's parent, one's children, brother, sister, grandchild or grandparent. One must be able to prove relationship if the last names are different. A social worker or attorney may also obtain a marriage certificate for his / her client.