Center for Vital Records


To ensure the integrity, and appropriate access to, permanent records related to births, deaths, marriages, and civil unions for the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island.

What We Do

  • Register and file vital records;
  • Provide copies of vital records;
  • Correct and update vital records;
  • Create new certificates of birth following court orders of adoption and paternity;
  • Issue a "Certificate of Foreign Birth" for children born in a foreign country and adopted by a Rhode Island resident;
  • Meet with parents to complete voluntary affidavits of paternity or legitimations;
  • Provide aggregate data and information to data users and researchers upon approval.