Rhode Island Death Certificate

Below is the information you'll need in order to obtain a death certificate in Rhode Island, including qualifications, cost, required information, where to submit your application, and a link to the application you'll need to fill out.

Qualifications

The following people may request death certificates from the state of Rhode Island:

  • Immediate family member
  • Legal guardian
  • An authorized agent of a family member or legal guardian
  • Attorneys-at-law
  • Title examiners
  • Members of legally incorporated genealogical societies conducting their official duties
  • A person requiring information to determine or protect a personal or property right
  • A person who has been granted a court order instructing the registrar to provide the document

Cost

The fee to search for a death certificate is $20.00, which includes one certified copy of the death certificate. For each additional copy of the certificate ordered at the same time, the fee is $15.00. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the "General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island." If obtaining a record from a city or town clerk, payments should be made to the local office. Cash is not accepted. Fees are not refundable.

Required Information

  • Name of the deceased
  • Date of death
  • Place of death
  • Name of spouse/civil union partner/registered domestic partner
  • Mother's name
  • Father's name
  • Your relationship to the deceased
  • The reason for requesting the record
  • Your name
  • Your phone number
  • Your address
  • Photocopy of current, government-issued photo ID

Submitting Your Request

Send the completed application and the appropriate fee to:

RI Department of Health

Office of Vital Records

3 Capitol Hill, Room 101

Providence, RI 02908

You can also order a certified death certificate from the county clerk in the county where the death occurred. Click here for a list of county local office locations and contact information.

For an additional $7.00 fee you can request expedited service. Include the additional $7.00 in your payment and write "RUSH" on the outside of the envelope.

Download the Application

Click here to download the application for a certified Rhode Island death certificate.