Rhode Island Probate and Estate Settlement
Requesting Death Certificates Department of Vital Records
Event: Birth or death
Cost of copy: $20.00
Office of Vital Records
Rhode Island Department of Health
3 Capitol Hill, Room 101
Providence, RI 02908-5097
Remarks: State office keeps birth and marriage records for 100 years and keeps death records for 50 years. For earlier records, write to the city/town clerk where the event occurred or to the Rhode Island State Archives, 337 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903. Additional copies of the same record ordered at the same time are $15.00 each.
Personal check or money order should be made payable to General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (401) 222-2811. This will be a recorded message.
Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at www.health.ri.gov.
All requests must be accompanied by a photocopy of the applicant's government-issued picture identification, e.g., driver's license.