The Center for Vital Records (birth, death, marriage, and adoption certificates) is now open by appointment only at it's new location in Simpson Hall on the Pastore Campus (6 Harrington Rd., Cranston).

You can also request Vital Records at:

  • City or town halls
  • Certificates for births after 1960: any city/town hall
  • Certificates for deaths in 2022: any city/town hall
  • Certificates for deaths before 2022: city/town hall where death occurred
  • Marriage certificates: city/town hall where ceremony occurred
  • Online: health.ri.gov/records/about/copies
  • By US mail: 6 Harrington Rd., Cranston 02920
  • Drop box at Cranston or Providence office (Cranston drop box available May 2)
  • By appointment (Call 401-222-2813).

Adult Adoptee Data


To comply with state law amendments, passed in July 2011, that allow adult adoptees to receive copies of their original birth certificates starting in July 2012.

Key Information

Number of original birth certificates released to adult adoptees; number of contact preference forms filed by birth parents of adopted children; birth parent contact preferences

Collection Period

2011 to present

Rhode Island Numbers

  • Number of Original Birth Certificates released: 1792
  • Number of Contact Preference Forms received: 36
  • Number of birth parents who would:
    • Like to be contacted: 26
    • Like to be contacted through an intermediary: 0
    • Not like to be contacted: 10

Updated: October 30th, 2023


Office of Vital Records, Rhode Island Department of Health