Changes to Birth, Death or Marriage Records

Who can request changes to birth, death, or marriage records

Vital records are confidential. Only people with a direct and tangible interest in the records can request changes be made to the record. Changes to records can only be requested by:

  • You;
  • Your mother, father, sibling, guardian, or authorized agent;
  • Attorneys-at-law, title examiners, or members of legally incorporated genealogical societies conducting official duties;
  • A person who needs information to determine or protect personal or property rights;
  • A person with a court order instructing the registrar to change the document.

Firms, agencies, or individuals requesting information for commercial purposes are not considered to have a direct and tangible interest. It is illegal to inspect or disclose information contained in vital records, copy, or issue a copy of all or part of any vital record except as authorized above. more Anyone who uses false statements to obtain a vital record may be fined up to $1,000, imprisoned for up to a year, or both. more

Identification

To make a change to a birth, death, or marriage record, you must provide a valid, government-issued photo identification to prove you are entitled to make the request. Acceptable documents include:

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Military identification
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Alien Registration Card
  • If you do not have a government-issued photo identification, you may submit two other documents that have your name and current address (utility bill, bank statement, car registration, copy of income tax return).

If you are requesting a change to a birth, death, or marriage record by mail, you must include a readable copy of an approved form of identification. If you submit a request without an approved form of identification, the request will not be processed and will be returned to the requestor.

Cost

  • Corrections to birth, death, or marriage licenses: Free within one year of the birth, death, or marriage; $10 if more than one year has passed since the birth, death, or marriage
  • Rush orders: $7

Payment Methods

You can pay for changes to birth, death, and marriage records with cash, check, or money order made payble to the General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island.