- Vital Records
Simpson Hall, 6 Harrington Rd. Cranston, RI 02920
- 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM, Weekdays, Appointment Required
- Recorded Message 401-222-2811
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).
As of October 1, 2019, the State of Rhode Island has amended the sex field on birth certificates, which allows people to make a change to reflect their sex or gender identity on their birth certificate with proper documentation. With proper documentation, people can change their sex from 'M' to 'F' or 'F' to 'M' using the affidavit below. A new, non-binary designation will be noted as an 'X' for people born in Rhode Island who identify as non-binary, or neither male nor female. People of any age can make this change; however, minors will need parental or guardian consent to do so.
No appointments are needed to request a change; however, scheduling an appointment at the Health Department's Office of Vital Records will reduce your wait time significantly. To make an appointment, call 401-222-5339.
Below is a list of documents you will need to change the sex field on a Rhode Island birth certificate:
You will need to complete an Application for a Certified Copy of a Birth Record
It costs $10.00 for the Health Department to make a change to your birth certificate. If you would like a copy of the new certificate, it will cost an additional $22.00 for walk-in customers or $25.00 if you order the certificate through the mail.
Checks or money orders are accepted at RIDOH's Center for Vital Records. Checks or money orders should be made out to the General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island. Check with the city or town clerk's office to ask what payments they accept.
If you choose to change the designation in the sex field of your birth certificate to 'X' the Rhode Island Department of Health cannot determine whether the 'X' designation will be accepted by any other city/town, state, quasi-public, or federal authority. Therefore, you should be aware that choosing the 'X' designation to reflect your identity may result in conflicts in how you are registered with different governmental agencies. These conflicts could have ramifications for you in the future that are unknown and impossible to predict, and will vary depending on your personal situation.
The Department of Health cannot provide advice to you regarding whether to change your gender designation. You may wish to consult with legal counsel to assure that any significant governmental interactions will not be affected before making this change. For example: