Rhode Island Marriage License Requirements

Find out how to get married in RI

If you're getting married in the state of Rhode Island you must first apply for a wedding license at any in-state county clerk office. These offices, some of which are referred to as the "marriage license bureau," are usually located in the county probate court or circuit court. This document outlines the requirements you must adhere to in order to get a valid marriage license that can be used statewide. Let's begin…

Cost of Your License

How much does a marriage license cost?

The marriage license fee is $24.00 dollars. Accepted forms of payment are cash.

Residency Requirement

Are there any special residency conditions for in-state or out-of-state residents?

If both partners are residents you may obtain your license from a Town Clerk of your residence. If only one of you is a resident go to the Town Clerk of that resident. In either circumstance, your license will be valid statewide. If neither partner are residents you must apply for your license in the county where the marriage will take place.

Waiting Period

After I submit my application how long do I have to wait before I receive my marriage license?

There is no waiting period. You will receive your marriage license immediately after you submit your application.

Is there a waiting period from the moment the license is given to me to the date I'm allowed to actually marry?

No, you can get married immediately after your marriage license is issued.

License Expiration

How long will my marriage license remain valid once it's been issued?

Your license will expire 90 days from the date it is issued. Once it expires, it can no longer be used to get married.

What happens if my marriage license expires before I get a chance to use it?

Unfortunately, you'll just have to get a brand new one as your expired one will no longer be recognized as valid by the state nor by the person who will be responsible for officiating your marriage.

Age Requirement

How old must I be to get married?

You must be at least 18 years of age or older to marry without parental consent. A birth certificate may be necessary to show proof of age.

What if one or both of us is younger than 18?

If either partner is under 18, parental consent forms must be signed. You will need a certified copy of your birth certificate. If you are under 16 you can not marry without a court order.

Blood Test

Are blood tests and physical exams required?

No blood test or physical exam is required.

Divorced or Widowed Applicants

What if one or both partners have been divorced or have had a spouse die?

If you were previously married, the date of your divorce or the date of your spouse's death must be provided. Bring a certified copy of the divorce decree or death certificate. If necessary, a copy of your divorce records or spouse's death certificate can be ordered from your local vital records office and mailed to you.

Marriage Name Change

How do I legally change my name before or after I get married?

When you are married, you will receive a marriage certificate, which is a piece of paper proving that you are legally married. This document will serve as evidence of your marriage, which you'll need to complete the process of notifying several government agencies about your name change, as well as any non-government institutions that you do business with (ie, banks, employers, credit cards, memberships, etc).

There is an online marriage name change kit that you can use and complete before or after your marriage takes place. It's applicable for Rhode Island or any other state in the union. Completing all the necessary name change documentation prior to your wedding is recommended in order to expedite the name change process.

Proxy Marriage

What is a proxy marriage?

A proxy marriage, also known as a "proxy wedding," is when one or both partners to be married are unable to physically attend the ceremony. The missing person, or persons, will have someone "stand in" for them and serve as their "proxy."

Can I get married by proxy if I'm unable to to be present for the ceremony?

No, getting married by proxy is not allowed in Rhode Island. There are actually only five states left that do allow marriage by proxy.

Common Law Marriage

What is a common law marriage?

The term "common law marriage" refers to an informal marriage, based upon cohabitation and a mutual understanding by both partners, rather than getting married through a civil or religious ceremony. The latter, more common approach, would require an actual Rhode Island marriage license.

Is a common law marriage a legal option for me instead of undergoing a conventional marriage?

No, common-law marriages are not allowed in Rhode Island. This is unsurprising as only one-fifth of the country currently recognizes common law marriage.

Cousin Marriage

Can I get married to my cousin?

Yes, cousin marriages (first, second, etc) are allowed to take place. A man can not marry his aunt, but he can marry his cousin. A woman may marry her uncle provided she is Jewish.

Same Sex Marriage

Are same sex marriages legal?

Yes, same-sex marriages are allowed and legally recognized in Rhode Island.

Where to Go

Where do I physically need to go to get my marriage license?

Rhode Island has 40 offices where a marriage license can be acquired. Simply choose a location below to visit. Phone numbers as well as map and accompanying driving direction links are provided for every address.

Barrington Town Clerk

283 Country Road
Barrington, RI 02806


Bristol Town Clerk

10 Court St
Bristol, RI 02809


Burrillville Town Clerk

105 Harrisville Main St
Harrisville, RI 02830


Central Falls City Clerk

City Hall, 580 Broad St
Central Falls, RI 02863


Charlestown Town Clerk

Town Hall, P.O. Box 849
Charlestown, RI 02813


Coventry Town Clerk

670 Flat River Road
Coventry, RI 02816


Cranston City Clerk

869 Park Ave
Cranston, RI 02910


Cumberland Town Clerk

Town Hall, 45 Broad St
Cumberland, RI 02864


East Greenwich , City Hall

P.O. Box 111
E. Greenwich, RI 02818


East Providence , City Clerk

145 Tauton Ave
East Providence, RI 02914


Exeter Town Clerk

675 Ten Rod Road
Exeter, RI 02822


Foster Town Clerk , South Killingly Rd

6 Killingly Road
Foster, RI 02825


Glocester Town Clerk , Town Hall, Main St

1137 Putnam Pike
Chepachet, RI 02814


Hopkinton Town Clerk

1 Town House Road
Hopkinton, RI 02833


Jamestown Town Clerk

93 Narragansett Ave
Jamestown, RI 02835


Johnston Town Clerk

1385 Hartford Ave
Johnston, RI 02919


Lincoln Town Clerk

Town Hall, P.O. Box C
Lincoln, RI 02865


Little Compton Town Clerk

Town Hall, P.O. Box 523
Little Compton, RI 02837


Middletown Town Clerk

Town Hall, 350 E Main Road
Middletown, RI 02840


Narragansett Town Clerk

25 Fifth Ave
Narragansett, RI 02882


New Shoreham Town Clerk

P O Drawer 220
Block Island, RI 02807


Newport City Clerk

43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840


North Kingstown Town Clerk

80 Boston Neck Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852


North Providence , Town Clerks Office

2000 Smith St
N. Providence, RI 02911


North Smithfield Town Hall , Town Clerk's Office

1 Main St
Slatersville, RI 02876


Pascoag Village , Burrillville Town Clerk

105 Harrisville Main St
Harrisville, RI 02830


Pawtucket City Clerk , Recorder Of Deeds

137 Roosevelt Ave
Pawtucket, RI 02860


Portsmouth Town Clerk

P.O. Box 155
Portsmouth, RI 02871


Providence City Clerk , Recorder Of Deeds

25 Dorance St
Providence, RI 02903


Richmond Town Clerk

5 Richmond Townhouse Road
Wyoming, RI 02898


Scituate Town Clerk

195 Danielson Pike
North Scituate, RI 02857


Smithfield Town Clerk

64 Farnum Pike
Esmond, RI 02917


South Kingstown , Town Clerk

180 High St
Wakefield, RI 02879


Tiverton Town Hall

343 Highland Road
Tiverton, RI 02878


Warren Town Clerk , Town Hall

514 Main St
Warren, RI 02885


Warwick County Recorder

3275 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886


West Greenwich Town Clerk

280 Victory Highway
West Greenwich, RI 02816


West Warwick Town Clerk , Town Hall

1170 Main St
West Warwick, RI 02893


Westerly Town Clerk , Town Hall

45 Broad St
Westerly, RI 02891


Woonsocket City Clerk , City Hall

169 Main St
Woonsocket, RI 02895