Rhode Island Marriage License Requirements

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