How to Obtain Divorce Certificates in Rhode Island?
There are times when you need a copy of your divorce certificate long after your divorce is finalized. They come in handy for things like insurance, legal matters, business, and employment issues. You can verify your name change, marital status, and identify with it. If you were divorced in Rhode Island, you can obtain a copy by following the procedure below.
The state of Rhode Island requires that anyone requesting a copy of vital records such as a divorce certificate have a “direct and tangible interest" as authorization.
The State of Rhode Island Department of Health manages and maintained all vital records, and they supply copies of divorce records. You can download the appropriate form from their website and then either mail it in or drop it off for processing. At the very least you will require the following information:
- A valid photo ID (driver’s license, military or state ID, or passport.
- Full names of both husband and wife.
- Date of the divorce.
- Place of the divorce (city or county).
- Your full name, address, and phone number.
- Your relationship to either of the parties.
- If you have the case or docket number, include that as well, it will make searching and finding the record easier.
You can also visit your town office they should be able to obtain a copy for you as well.
The processing time may be as long as 6-8 weeks until you receive your copy. If you pay extra for rushed service, it will be processed within five business days after they receive it.
There is a $20 non-refundable fee to obtain the first certified copy of your divorce record. Additional copies are $15/each.
You can request expedited service for an additional $7. You will need to write RUSH on the outside of your envelope.
You may also use a service like VitalChek to do an online search and request a copy of your divorce certificate through them. They offer expedited services, and you can pay with a credit card.