How To Obtain a Marriage License or Certificate in Rhode Island?
The seaport state of Rhode Island is rich with culture and old money. From its sandy beaches to colonial towns and modern cities, Rhode Island is a great place to get married. You might want to go sailing on your honeymoon, visit some famous mansions or even take on a cliff walk at one of the many parks and recreational areas.
Rules and Regulations
If you plan on walking down the aisle in the ocean state of Rhode Island, you better first educate yourself on their rules and regulations for getting married.
- You must be 18 years of old to be married in Rhode Island.
- If you are 16-17 years of age, you can be married with parental consent.
- If you are 15 or younger, you can only be married with a signed court order.
- You must have two witnesses 18 years or older, present at your wedding.
- You don’t need to live in Rhode Island to get married there. If you live in Rhode Island, you need to apply in the county where you reside. If you are non-resident, you must apply in the county where you will be married.
- You do not need a blood test.
- Cousin marriage is allowed.
- Same-sex marriage is legal.
How to Apply
You will both need to apply together, in person at the Town Clerk’s office where you reside or want to be married. Be sure to bring the following paperwork with you when applying for your marriage license.
- A $24 marriage license fee is due at the time of application.
- A certified copy of each parties birth certificate.
- If either or both of you have been married, you will need to provide documentation of dissolution (divorce decree, death certificate or annulment paperwork).
- A valid, current ID such as driver’s license, passport, military ID, state ID or green card.
Waiting Period and Expiration
There is no waiting period to get married in Rhode Island, and you can be married the same day if you want. The license is good for 90 days following the date of issue. Be sure to plan your wedding date accordingly.
Who Can Officiate
An ordained clergyman, justices, clerks of the court, magistrates, administrators for the workers’ compensation bureau, secretary of the Senate, along with clerks of the general assembly, judges and wardens may officiate at your wedding ceremony. The person who performs your wedding ceremony must complete the marriage license, sign and date it and return it to the Town Clerk’s office within 72 hours of the wedding.
After the Wedding
If you wish to change your name, you will need to pick up a name change kit for your name change to be legal.
You may contact the Town Clerk’s office where you purchased your marriage license for a certified copy after it has been filed and recorded.