Application process: Rhode Island

Identification process in Rhode Island

The Health Department of Rhode Island requires applicants, once they have completed and signed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
  • State Id
  • Us/Foreign Passport
  • Military Identification Card
  • U.S. Certificate of Naturalization
  • Permanent Resident Card (green card)
OR

Provide two (2) of the following identification documents:

  • Utility bills
  • Bank Statement
  • Vehicle registration
  • Income tax return

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Spouse
  • Maternal grand parent
  • Paternal grand parent
Death
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Spouse
  • Grand child

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 6 to 8 business weeks to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 6 to 8 business weeks to get your death certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Certificate Application?

The State of Rhode Island accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island State Fee: Birth $20, Death $20

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.